Andy Rourke, guitarist for The Smiths, dies at 59

Music Andy Rourkebassist for the British alternative rock band the Smithsat the age of 59 “Long-term disease from pancreatic cancer”as announced this Friday by fellow former guitarist Johnny Marr.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Andy Rourke after a long illness from pancreatic cancer,” Marr said on his official Twitter account.

“Andy will be remembered by all of us who knew him and an extremely talented musician,” the artist added in his tweet. “We ask for privacy in these sad moments,” the artist added.

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Rourke played on some of the classics from The Smiths’ catalog, such as In famous songs by Manchester bands such as This Charming Man or There is a Light That Never Goes OutAs well as on solo songs performed by the group’s controversial leader, Morrisseyafter dissolving the group.

He was also part of the band freepass Along with other great musicians such as Peter Hook (of New Order) and Manny (of Stone Roses) and has recorded with Sinead O’Connor, the Pretenders, Ian Brown and in the group DARK, along with Cranberries vocalist Dolores O’Riordan.

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