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British DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall dies, age 56

Weatherall, who worked with artists including Primal Scream and Fuck Buttons, passed away on Monday.

February 17, 2020
British DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall dies, age 56 Andrew Weatherall   John Barrett

Andrew Weatherall has died age 56, a spokesperson for the DJ and producer has confirmed. He suffered a pulmonary embolism and passed away at Whipps Cross Hospital in London on Monday.

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“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 spokesperson said in a statement. "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.

“His family and friends are profoundly saddened by his death and are taking time to gather their thoughts. Further announcements regarding funeral arrangements will be made in due course."

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Weatherall began his career as working on the Boy’s Own fanzine and DJing at London club Shoom during the acid-house era of the late '80s. He confirmed his status as a producer for indie bands looking to bring the euphoria of dance music into the rock world with his work on Primal Scream's 19991 album Screamadelica. He also provided transformational remixes for a wide array of artists including My Bloody Valentine, New Order, Manic Street Preachers, Björk, and Siouxsie Sioux.

In more recent times Weatherall produced the albums by Fuck Buttons and The Twilight Sad. His first solo album, A Pox on the Pioneers, was released in 2009. Weatherall released the final album, Qualia, in September 2017. The sudden nature of his illness is highlighted by the fact he was due to DJ at London club Phonox on February 21 and was booked at a number of festivals in the summer.

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Tributes to Weatherall have poured in from artists including members of The Chemical Brothers, Mogwai, The Charlatans, and more. Read a selection below.

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British DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall dies, age 56