Celebrated DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall has died at the age of 56, it has been confirmed.
- The NME Obituary: Andrew Weatherall, 1963-2020: The innovator who bridged the worlds of rock and Ibiza
Weatherall, known for his production on seminal records such as Primal Scream‘s ‘Screamadelica’, passed away this morning (February 17) after suffering a pulmonary embolism.
“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,” a statement from his family confirmed.
“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.”
As well as being an acclaimed producer, Weatherall also attracted great acclaim for his work as a DJ – providing a new twist on tracks including the Happy Mondays‘ Hallelujah, New Order‘s ‘World In Motion’ and Primal Scream’s ‘Loaded’.
Primal Scream paid tribute to the producer on their Instagram page, sharing two photos.
Paying tribute on Twitter, The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess described Weatherall as a “good friend and inspiration”.
Weatherall was a font of all things amazing when it came to music. I’ll miss his enthusiasm and his ace recommendations. A good friend and inspiration to so many x x pic.twitter.com/0OEVdoaets
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) February 17, 2020
Sleaford Mods, meanwhile, called him the “king of cool”.
RIP Andrew Weatherall. The king of cool. Very, very sad news. Thoughts are with his family and friends. ❤️
— Sleaford Mods (@sleafordmods) February 17, 2020
Peter Hook said he was “so sad to hear about” Weatherall’s death. “I was only listening to his mix of ‘World in Motion’ in the gym this morning and thinking how amazing it was,” he tweeted. “I worked with him many times – he was a truly nice, kind man who shared many, many words of wisdom. RIP. X.”
So sad to hear about Andrew Weatherall. I was only listening to his mix of ‘World in Motion’ in the gym this morning and thinking how amazing it was. I worked with him many times – he was a truly nice, kind man who shared many, many words of wisdom. RIP. X
— Peter Hook (@peterhook) February 17, 2020
Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre added: “Very sad to hear about Andrew Weatherall this afternoon. Rest in power.”
very sad to hear about Andrew Weatherall this afternoon. rest in power
— anton newcombe (@antonnewcombe) February 17, 2020
Weatherall first rose to fame in British music after becoming one of the DJs in the UK’s acid house scene of the late 1980s. He was chosen to play sets at London nightclub Shoom, before establishing record label Boy’s Own Recordings and the production team Bocca Juniors.
While his most famous work arguably came with ‘Screamadelica’, Weatherall also remixed tracks by artists as wide ranging as Björk, Siouxsie Sioux, New Order, Manic Street Preachers, James and My Bloody Valentine.
We were honoured for you to be our Anti-Producer on “No One Can Ever Know” and to have your genius remix “Videograms”. A true gent and a legend. Thank you! RIP Andrew Weatherall.https://t.co/qKjME4vahF
— the twilight sad (@thetwilightsad) February 17, 2020
I’m really gutted to hear the awful news about Andrew Weatherall. His influence on music was incredible and he never stopped pushing forward when it’d have been easier to rest on his laurels. Most importantly though, he was a great person. Rest in peace.
— stuart braithwaite (@plasmatron) February 17, 2020
He also produced ‘Tarot Sport’ for Fuck Buttons and The Twilight Sad’s third album, ‘No One Can Ever Know’.
Other tributes to Weatherall came from Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, who hailed him as “most one of the most talented persons I’ve ever known.”
“Absolutely distraught to hear this terrible news. Andrew was a longtime friend, collaborator and one of most talented persons I’ve known. Also one of the nicest. Genius is an overworked term but I’m struggling to think of anything else that defines him,” wrote Welsh.
Absolutely distraught to hear this terrible news. Andrew was a longtime friend, collaborator and one of most talented persons I’ve known. Also one of the nicest. Genius is an overworked term but I’m struggling to think of anything else that defines him. https://t.co/nWlyE75bL5
— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) February 17, 2020
hard to put into words the influence and impact Andrew Weatherall has had on UK culture…
so sad to hear of his passing
— Gilles Peterson (@gillespeterson) February 17, 2020
DJ Gilles Peterson added: “Hard to put into words the influence and impact Andrew Weatherall has had on UK culture… so sad to hear of his passing.”
DJ Peggy Gou also added her tribute, sharing a photo of her and Weatherall on Instagram and calling him “one of the most important & influential artists in the DJ world and beyond”.
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I can’t believe we’ve lost another legend… Andrew was truly one of the most important & influential artists in the DJ world and beyond. I always had goosebumps every time he played. I remember when I met him for the first time in Australia I was nervous and he was such a gentleman too, I was dancing to his music until a minute before I had to go on stage in another room! He also complimented on one of my mixes that was only few years ago but it meant so much to me and couraged me to an extent I will never forget that…. I really can’t believe this and devastated. RIP Sir Weatherall.
More tributes have been pouring in from artists and DJs all across the planet, with Django Django, Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, Kelly Lee Owens and more all sharing their memories of Weatherall.
RIP Andrew Weatherall
Talented man who leaves a legacy
Of brillant music.
Far too young. X
— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) February 17, 2020
i can’t even..
Andrew was one of the first people I met when i moved to london 10 years ago – the godfather of music & one of the nicest people in music
( which you realise is so so rare )
i can’t believe this has happened.
he will be so sorely missed.
thank you, A
— Kelly Lee Owens (@kellyleeowens) February 17, 2020
We don't need to say that we’re devastated to hear of Andrew Weatherall’s passing. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/rMIKsZlP1Z
— fabriclondon (@fabriclondon) February 17, 2020
RIP Andrew Weatherall. A true master of his craft, you'll be missed? pic.twitter.com/X8WY2Bxnff
— Ministry of Sound (@ministryofsound) February 17, 2020
Andrew Weatherall was a terrific laugh. Funny, wise, calm, nurturing, challenging, cool yet geeky, brilliant. I took this photo of him last year looking like an acid house Jesus. I’ll miss him awfully. X pic.twitter.com/q6y9n8v5D2
— Joe Lycett (@joelycett) February 17, 2020