Andy Anderson, a world famous drummer for The Cure rock band and Iggy Pop, died on Tuesday, February 26 from terminal cancer. He was 68.
His founding member Lol Tolhurst confirmed his death. Tolhurst took to Twitter on Wednesday, February 27, to confirm Anderson's passing.
Andy Anderson was a true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humor which he kept until the end, a testament to his beautiful spirit on the last journey. We are blessed to have known him.
Here's the tweet, check it out.
It's with a heavy heart, I have to report the passing of a Cure brother.
Andy Anderson was A true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humor which he kept until the end, a testament to his beautiful spirit on the last journey. We are blessed to have known him.
— Lol Tolhurst (@LolTolhurst) February 26, 2019
Anderson, who joined the rock band in 1983, worked with numerous major artists like Iggy Pop, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Glen Mattlock, Peter Gabriel, Edwin Collins and Isaac Hayes.
Anderson shared a post on Facebook last week to reveal that he had terminal cancer. Despite the diagnosis, the musician wrote at the time,
[P]lease, no boo hooing here, just be positive, for me it’s just another life Experience and Hurdle, that one has to make yet another Choice in life, be cool, I most definitely am and positive about the situation.
Shortly after Anderson's death news emerged, multiple celebrities and fans paid tribute to him on social media sites.
Here're some of those posts, check them out.
Another sad loss from my favorite era of music. RIP Andy Anderson. https://t.co/IEuU94i5ox
— Margot Muraszkiewicz (@Margot_Murasz) February 27, 2019
Tonight we play The Top in your honour. RIP Andy Anderson. pic.twitter.com/z8BYrizER0
— Dave MacIntyre (@DisarmMagazine) February 26, 2019
Hearing reports that former Cure drummer Andy Anderson has passed away. He was definitely one of the great drummers the band ever hard. RIP.https://t.co/Zrz31dwCx9
— Nik Farr (@Nik_Farr) February 26, 2019
In 1998 my sister gave me a mixtape that really set me on my course to this day. Every song a standout but I'll never forget the impact The Love Cats had on me. RIP Andy Anderson <3
— Narc Kent (@DJChoozey) February 27, 2019
Goodnight Andy you miserable old git. You will be missed. If the @rockhall of fame doesn’t include you in @thecure lineup then @RobertSmith should walk away from the whole bullshit nonsense of it all. There would be no shake dog shake machine gun fill https://t.co/bjpmh8d9B1
— Curehead (@TheCureheads) February 26, 2019
Very sad to hear about the passing of Andy Anderson, the one time drummer for The Cure and Iggy Pop. RIP
— Hot Topic (@HotTopic) February 26, 2019
Funeral and memorial services for the late drummer will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Andy Anderson!
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