Andy Rourke, whose creative bass parts played a crucial role in shaping the sound of the Smiths and who later contributed heavily to Morrissey’s early solo career after that band split, has died at the age of 59. His Smiths bandmate Johnny Marr announced the news on Twitter early this morning (May 19).
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Andy Rourke after a lengthy illness with pancreatic cancer,” he said. “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 met Marr
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