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.
“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."
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. The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. pic.twitter.com/cOe6KA0yts— Prescription PR (@prescriptionpr) February 17, 2020
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.
Tributes to Weatherall have poured in from artists including members of The Chemical Brothers, Mogwai, The Charlatans, and more. Read a selection below.
Absolute don icon, hero, legend. .. Showed us all how to do it long term, just awful news. Rest in peace Weatherall💔— Lone (@Lone) February 17, 2020
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...— Gilles Peterson (@gillespeterson) February 17, 2020
so sad to hear of his passing
Shocked and saddened to hear that cosmic traveller Andrew Weatherall has left the building. Always a pleasure to meet up with him and share good times. Rest well mate pic.twitter.com/OIsg2Fb6Di— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) February 17, 2020
An absolute titan of music has passed on. RIP Andrew Weatherall 💔— Andy Bell (@Andybebop) February 17, 2020
A true inspiration and hero. A lovely funny man. Incredible DJ. ❤️ Andrew Weatherall.— ed simons (@eddychemical) February 17, 2020
Rest in peace Andrew Weatherall. Im shocked. A lovely guy.— The Bug(official) (@thebugzoo) February 17, 2020
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