On Dec 18, 2000, the lead female vocalist on the Christmas favorite The Fairytale of New York, Kirsty McColl was struck and killed by a boat while vacationing with her family in Mexico.

This Christmas marks the 19th anniversary of the strange death and possible murder of Kirsty MacColl.

MacColl was the lead female singer on one of the greatest Christmas hits ever written when she sang with Shane MacGowan and the Pogues' Fairytale of New York, in 1987.

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MacColl died in a controversial boating accident in Mexico, in 2000. On Dec 18, 2000, MacColl was in Cozumel, Mexico, with her sons and partner James Knight. They went diving in an area where boats were prohibited from entering.

As the group was coming up from a dive a speedboat entered the restricted waters. MacColl saw the boat coming at top speed and pushed her son to safety but the boat struck and killed her.

Cover art for Fairytale of New York: Kirsty McColl and Shane McGowan.

Cover art for Fairytale of New York: Kirsty McColl and Shane McGowan.

It turned out the boat belonged to one of Mexico's richest men, Guillermo Gonzalez Nova, who was on board with several members of his family.

An employee of his claimed to have been driving the boat at the time, but that was hotly disputed by eyewitnesses who claimed it was Nova himself who was driving and proceeding at a dangerous speed.

The employee was convicted of the crime and got a fine of $90 in lieu of a prison sentence.

Numerous dignitaries including Shane MacGowan and Bono became part of a "Justice for Kirsty MacColl “effort and the BBC made a documentary on her death.

At various times the Mexican government promised action and to reopen the case but nothing happened.

However, the  committee to seek justice for MacColl was disbanded last year  saying in a statement that they were" successful in achieving most of its aims" and "it is unlikely that any more could be achieved."

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* Originally published in 2010.

Kristy McColl, in the official music video for Fairytale of New York.YouTube