Andy Rourke: this is how the members of The Smiths reacted to his death


The members of the group that broke up in 1987 reacted to the death of their former partner.

Former members of The Smiths react to Andy's death
© Getty ImagesFormer members of The Smiths react to Andy’s death

Andy Rourke, bassist and founding member of The Smiths, has died at 59for which the music industry is mourning, especially the members of the rock group formed in the United Kingdom in 1982 and one of the most prominent of the 1980s.

Via a lengthy post on Instagram, Johnny Marr not only reacted to Andy’s death, but the guitarist and songwriter paid tribute to Rourke whom he said he met when they were both studying elementary school, in 1975.

Throughout our teens we played in various bands around South Manchester before establishing our reputation with The Smiths from 1982 to 1987 and it was on those Smiths records that Andy reinvented what it is to be a bass player.Marr said.

Morrissey also reacted to the death of his friend and former partner through a message on his website: “When someone dies, the usual blandishments come out, as if their death is there to be used. I’m not ready to do this with Andy. I just hope, wherever he’s gone, he’s okay. He will never die as long as his music is heard“.

Morrissey also remembered Andy as someone happy and fun who maintained a stable identity and said that Andy would never have to worry about not feeling valued.

via Twitter, Mike Joyce, drummer for The Smiths also released a short statement in which he said he was the most talented bassist he has ever worked well as a sweet and funny boy: “I already miss you a lot. Forever in my heart, friend“.

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The bassist passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.according to Johnny Marr, his former bandmate.

After his time with The Smiths, Rourke played with The Pretenders and Sinead O’Connorin addition to with freebass along with other musicians like Peter Hook (New Order) and Peanut (Stone Roses).

Andy’s last live performance was in September 2022 at Maddison Square Garden.