Crystal Fighters confirm death of drummer, Andrea Marongiu

Band pay tribute to "brilliant, skilful and charismatic" member

Crystal Fighters have confirmed the news that drummer, Andrea Marongiu, has died.

The band confirmed the news on Facebook and Twitter overnight with the cause of death currently unknown. A statement from the band describes Marongiu as “One of the most brilliant, skilful and charismatic drummers to have ever graced the stage” while also sending condolences to his family.

The statement reads: “It is with deep regret and great sadness that we announce the tragic passing of our drummer and friend, Andrea Marongiu.

“Andrea was not only one of the most brilliant, skilful and charismatic drummers to have ever graced the stage, but also an incredibly kind, fun and loving friend to us all. Our condolences go out to anyone who was lucky enough to have known him, and most particularly to his family.”

“We are all completely heartbroken by this news and we can’t hold back the tears as we write this message to you. Andrea, thank you for all the incredible joy and life you brought to this band and to our lives for the last four years. We love you and we miss you more than words can say right now.”

Prior to his death, Marongiu tweeted that he was “at home recovering” though he did not state what from. The tweet was sent on Thursday (September 11).