The Smiths Bassist Andy Rourke’s Cause of Death Revealed
The Smiths bassist Andy Rourke’s cause of death was disclosed after his death on May 2023. He died after a long illness due to pancreatic cancer.
Former band member and guitarist Johnny Marr broke the devastating news of Rourke’s death, which came after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Andy Rourke after a lengthy illness with pancreatic cancer,” Marr said on Twitter.
He continued: “Andy will be remembered as a kind and beautiful soul by those who knew him and as a supremely gifted musician by music fans. We request privacy at this sad time.”
Rourke befriended Marr when he was 11 years old, and thy regularly jammed together in their teenage years before forming The Smiths with frontman Morrisey and drummer Mike Joyce in 1982.
The Smiths were formed in Manchester in 1982 by singer Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Rourke, and drummer Mike Joyce. Morrissey and Marr were the band’s songwriters.
The group signed with Rough Trade Records in 1983 and their first album, “The Smiths,” was released in 1984.
Hit albums include “The Queen Is Dead” (1986), “Meat Is Murder” (1985), and “Strangeways, Here We Come” (1987). The band broke up in 1987.
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Cancer Reported as Andy Rourke’s Cause of Death
On 19 May 2023, it was reported that the bassist and founding member of the rock band, The Smiths, died at the age of 59. pancreatic cancer was announced as Andy Rourke’s cause of death.
Rourke’s work can be heard on several of the Smiths’ hit songs including “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” and “This Charming Man”.
Post-break-up, Andy worked on Morrissey’s solo tracks including “Piccadilly Palare,” “November Spawned a Monster,” “Interesting Drug,” “The Last of the Famous International Playboys” and the album “Bona Drag” (1990).
Later in his career, Andy played with FreeBass, D.A.R.K., Ian Brown, Sinéad O’Connor, the Pretenders, and Badly Drawn Boy.
Joyce tweeted: “Not only the most talented bass player I’ve ever had the privilege to play with but the sweetest, funniest lad I’ve ever met. Andy’s left the building, but his musical legacy is perpetual. I miss you so much already. Forever in my heart mate.”
The Smiths’ producer, Stephen Street, wrote: “I am so saddened to hear this news! Andy was a superb musician and a lovely guy. I haven’t been able to read any other news about details yet but I send my deepest condolences and thoughts to his friends and family.”
Badly Drawn Boy wrote: “The Smiths were easily the most important band of my teens. I was beyond honoured when Andy played bass with me on tour for 2 years. He was the coolest, kindest funniest person, a joy to tour with. Probably the best natural musician I’ve ever seen. Loved him. Gutted.”
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