Andy Rourke, bassist with The Smiths, dies aged 59

Andy Rourke (right) with The Smiths on their 1985 Meat Is Murder tour
(Image credit: Ross Marino/Getty)

Andy Rourke, best known as the bassist for UK indie icons The Smiths, has passed away aged 59, following a diagnosis with pancreatic cancer.

Johnny Marr initially announced the news via his social media channels, posting it alongside a picture of a youthful Rourke from the band’s early days, holding his Fender Precision bass.

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.