Andy Rourke Obituary, Death – Andy Rourke, the bassist for the renowned Manchester band The Smiths, passed away at the age of 59 after a long and difficult fight against pancreatic cancer. Johnny Marr, who was also a member of the Smiths, was the one who shared the tragic news of Rourke’s departure on social media this morning (19th May).
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Andy Rourke after a lengthy illness with pancreatic cancer,” Johnny Marr wrote in an email. “Andy was a dear friend and will be missed.” Those who knew Andy will remember him as a gentle and beautiful soul, and music fans will remember him as an exceptionally gifted musician. Andy will be missed.” At this sad time, we ask that you respect our request for privacy. Andy Rourke, who was born on January 17, 1964, became a member of The Smiths not long after the band’s foundation in 1982. He took the position of the band’s temporary original bassist Dale Hibbert.
Between the years 1982 and 1987, he was a consistent member of The Smiths, performing with the band alongside his childhood buddy Johnny Marr, Morrissey, and Mike Joyce. The band disbanded in 1987. The Smiths are justifiably hailed as one of the most important British guitar bands of the 1980s and beyond despite the fact that their career spanned only five years.
This is in spite of the fact that their music forever altered the musical landscape. Andy Rourke’s melodic bass playing was very much an intrinsic part of The Smiths’ sound. Alongside Morrissey’s eccentric singing and lyrics, Johnny Marr’s fantastic guitar playing, and Mike Joyce’s distinctive drumming, Andy Rourke’s melodic bass playing was very essential. Songs such as “Hand in Glove,” “Panic,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” “This Charming Man,” “How Soon Is Now?” and “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” include Andy Rourke’s seminal performances with The Smiths.