Andy Rourke, the esteemed bassist of The Smiths, has handed away on the age of 59, confirmed his former bandmate Johnny Marr.
A publish on Marr’s Twitter account Friday morning mentioned: “It’s with deep unhappiness that we announce the passing of Andy Rourke after a prolonged sickness with pancreatic most cancers.
“Andy will likely be remembered as a sort and exquisite soul by those that knew him and as a supremely gifted musician by music followers. We request privateness at this unhappy time.”
With the unique line-up comprised of Rourke, frontman Morrissey, guitarist Marr and drummer Mike Joyce, The Smiths had a string of hits within the Eighties with songs like “Heaven Is aware of I am Depressing Now” and “Girlfriend In A Coma.”
The demise of the Manchester four-piece was probably the most spectacular within the UK music world, the fallout of which noticed Joyce and Rourke taking Morrissey and Marr to court docket over royalties in 1989.
The band, powered by the songwriting partnership of Marr and Morrissey, break up up in 1987, having launched albums together with “The Smiths” and “Meat is Homicide” and incomes three high 10 hits.