Andrew Weatherall has died, aged 56.
According to a statement shared this afternoon (17th February), the legendary UK DJ and producer passed away in the early hours of this morning following a pulmonary embolism.
Read the full statement from Weatherall’s management below:
"We are deeply sorry to announce that Andrew Weatherall, the noted DJ and musician passed away in the early hours of this morning, Monday 17th February 2020, at Whipps Cross Hospital, London. The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. He was being treated in hospital but unfortunately the blood clot reached his heart. His death was swift and peaceful.
His family and friends are profoundly saddened by his death and are taking time to gather their thoughts. Further announcements regarding funeral arrangements will be made in due course by Andrew’s press officer, James Parrish. Management and family have asked to have their privacy respected at this time.”
Born in 1963, Weatherall became a prominent figure in the acid house scene as a DJ in the late 80s, and was picked up by Danny Rampling to play frequenct sets at his club, Shoom. As a producer and remixer, Weatherall became renowned for his work with and for Paul Oakenfold, Björk, New Order, The Orb, The Future Sound of London and My Bloody Valentine. Weatherall's production work on Primal Scream's 'Screamadelica' alongside Terry Farley saw the album become a critical and commerical success, winning the first ever Mercury Music Prize in 1992.
Weatherall released his debut solo EP, 'The Bullet Catcher's Apprentice' in 2006, followed by his debut LP, 'A Pox on the Pioneers' in 2009. As active and sought-after a DJ as he'd ever been, Weatherall had been scheduled to play numerous festivals and shows in 2020.
Update 18th February – A further statement from Weatherall's family reads: “Lizzie, Bob and Ian would like to thank everybody quite literally everywhere for their lovely messages and tributes to Andrew. We know what a special person he was and are overwhelmed at the number of people who knew this too... and to hear their stories and how he influenced them is a real joy at such a raw and dreadful time. Please do what he would have wanted... creating, listening, dancing, but above all pushing boundaries.”
Tributes for Weatherall have come from throughout the electronic music community and beyond, celebrating Weatherall not just for his unique influence on UK music, but also for his unique, wise and humorous outlook on life.
Today is the worst of days. Can’t believe it. He was the best of people. A lovely, lovely human being. Hilarious. A fabulous story teller. A man of impeccable taste. An inspiration. A friend. A comrade in arms. It’s so hard to imagine our world without him.— Optimo (Espacio) (@JDTwitch) 17 February 2020
hard to put into words the influence and impact Andrew Weatherall has had on UK culture...— Gilles Peterson (@gillespeterson) 17 February 2020
so sad to hear of his passing
We lost one of our best today - RIP Andrew Weatherall.
Statement from management: “We are deeply sorry to announce that Andrew Weatherall, the noted DJ and musician passed away in the early hours of this morning, Monday 17th February 2020, at Whipps Cross Hospital, London... pic.twitter.com/VcXrmRNiCJ— NTS Radio (@NTSlive) 17 February 2020
Not many people have soundtracked my life with as much amazing music as Andrew Weatherall and an absolute gent to go with it. RIP— R&S Records (@randsrecords) 17 February 2020
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