Tributes have poured in for the frontman of Aslan, Christy Dignam who sadly passed away this week.
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins was among the first to share his condolences with the artist’s family.
His tribute read: “People across Ireland and beyond will have heard with great sadness of the death of Christy Dignam.
“For the last 40 years, Christy and his bandmates in Aslan have made an enormous contribution to the cultural life of our nation. In addition to their well-loved albums and hit singles such as ‘This Is’ and ‘Crazy World’, Aslan will be remembered in particular for their live shows and their remarkable connection with their audience.
“Christy was central to that connection, with his passionate performances ensuring a memorable night every time Aslan played – and there were many nights, with Christy and the band showing an endless dedication to touring throughout the country.”
He continued: “As a result, people in nearly every town in Ireland will have their own memories of seeing them play and will feel like they had a personal connection with Christy. Indeed, I will personally remember a typically memorable performance from Christy in Áras an Uachtaráin in 2016.
“Over recent years, all of us have been struck by the dignity with which Christy lived with his illness and admired his dedication in continuing to both perform and record, including his 2021 solo album, despite the challenges which he faced. It is hard to believe that he has left us.
“May I express my deepest condolences to Christy’s wife Kathryn, to his daughter Kiera, to his bandmates in Aslan, and to his wide circle of family and friends.”
Aslan shared their heartbreak at the news: “We are beyond devastated to have lost not only our band member, but our friend, Christy, that we have so many, many years of sharing our lives with.
“The band and Christy’s family ask for you to respect their privacy at this time.”
U2 frontman Bono shared a statement with The Irish Times, describing Christy as “one of the greatest voices I ever heard”.
The Script tweeted: “We’re devastated to hear the news about our friend and hero, Christy Dignam. We were blessed to share the stage with @OfficialAslan Christy in Dublin. We’ve lost a Legend, one of a kind, our thoughts and prayers are with his family RIP Christy. Danny & Glen.”
Hard not to think of this Late Late Show performance after the sad news earlier.
Finbar Furey and Christy Dignam signing Green Fields Of France.
An emotional watch – even seeing Christy singing Finbar’s parts to himself.
RIP to a legend ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4O5CYrAVDB
— Daniel Hussey (@DanielHussey2) June 13, 2023
Ah, poor Christy Dignam. I never knew him personally, but he always seem to carry his struggles with great dignity and humanity, and to be surrounded by people who loved him. I suppose there isn’t much more we can give, or receive than that. And his songs will be sung forever.
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) June 13, 2023
My heart is very heavy. My old pal Christy Dignam has died. God love him. We lost a fabulous Dubliner today. My deepest sympathies go out to Kiera and Kathryn and the rest of Christy’s family and his Aslan family https://t.co/nC1gc1Q28N
— Rory Cowan (@1rorycowan) June 13, 2023
Christy Dignam gave us so much of himself. What a man.
I’m honoured he asked me to duet
his love song ‘Kathryn’
for his beloved wife.
I send all my condolences to Kathryn, Kiera & @AslanOfficiaI
We lost a legend today. 💙#ripchristydignam https://t.co/iAGZ6yIkJk
— Imelda May (@ImeldaOfficial) June 13, 2023
Rest in peace Christy 🙏 A Dublin and Irish Legend left us on Tuesday. Our sincere condolences to The Dignam and Aslan family & friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam #ChristyDignam #Aslan pic.twitter.com/5F9TA7ibIO
— The Wolfe Tones 🇮🇪 (@wolfetones) June 13, 2023
The Aslan frontman was diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder cancer, in 2013.
He was admitted to Beaumont Hospital in July of 2022 where he spent six months in the care of the haematology and cardiac care team.
He returned home this year and had been receiving palliative care since January.
His daughter, Kiera Dignam confirmed the sad news on social media today.
“On behalf of my family, it is with a broken heart that we convey the news of my father’s passing, Christy Dignam,” she wrote.
“Dad peacefully left us where he wanted to, at home today 4pm Tuesday, June 13th 2023, after a courageously long-fought battle, surrounded by his family.
“We ask that you honour our family’s need for privacy during this immensely painful period. Let us all hold him in our hearts and cherish the remarkable life of a talented singer, great storyteller and amazing person.
“We thank you so much for your love and support shown to us. Kathryn, Kiera, Darren, Cian, Ava, Jake and our extended family x.”
Rest in Peace, Christy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.