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Fans have already donated over £5000

Crystal Fighters are raising money in memory of former drummer Andrea Marongiu, who died earlier this month.

As reported, Marongiu died on Saturday (September 13) with the cause of death currently unknown. A statement from the band described Marongiu as “one of the most brilliant, skilful and charismatic drummers to have ever graced the stage.” Prior to his death, Marongiu tweeted that he was “at home recovering” though he did not state what from.

In a subsequent update, the band have announced that they are raising money in order to “celebrate his life.” A donation page set up online includes a message from the band which reads: “We want to celebrate his life and his amazing warmth and energy with a foundation in his name to build something positive out of this tragedy and give people hope by seeing the start of an enduring legacy.”

“Our aim is to provide access to music for young people – and to help them to grow and be impassioned by music in the way Andrea was. This way, through your generosity, we hope that people will have their lives enriched and improved by Andrea, in the same way he made our world a happier place.”

At the time of writing, over £5000 has been raised in just over 24 hours from around 115 contributors.