ANDY ROURKE, BASSIST FOR “THE SMITHS” DEAD AT AGE 59
The music world mourns the loss of Andy Rourke, the acclaimed bassist of the influential British band, The Smiths. Rourke passed away at the age of 59 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Known for his distinctive bass lines and contributions to The Smiths’ iconic sound, Rourke played an integral role in shaping the band’s unique musical style. His melodic and rhythmic sensibilities helped define the indie rock scene of the 1980s and left an indelible mark on the music industry.
Rourke’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of fans and fellow musicians who admired his immense talent and contributions to The Smiths’ legendary discography. Despite his departure from the band in 1986, his influence and creative spirit continued to resonate throughout his career. As the music community reflects on Rourke’s significant contributions to the world of music, his legacy as a skilled bassist and collaborator will be cherished, and his spirit will live on through the timeless music he helped create.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Andy Rourke after a lengthy illness with pancreatic cancer.— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) May 19, 2023
Andy will be remembered as a kind and beautiful soul by those who knew him and as a supremely gifted musician by music fans.
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