DJ Andrew Weatherall has died aged 56 after suffering a pulmonary embolism. The news was confirmed by the musician’s management, who shared that he passed away in the early hours of this morning.
A statement read: ‘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. He was being treated in hospital but unfortunately, the blood clot reached his heart. His death was swift and peaceful.
Some of his most celebrated work includes his ‘A Mix of Two Halves’ version of Saint Etienne’s Only Love Can Break Your Heart and his remix was My Bloody Valentine’s Soon. As well as his remixes, Weatherall produced music for acts inlcuding Beth Orton, Primal Scream and F*** Buttons – and was notably at the helm of Primal Scream’s seminal album Screamadelica. A number of his own tracks have appeared on adverts, with his song Feathers being used in an ad for the Volkswagen Tiguan in 2007, and Shack 54 soundtracking a Ford Fiesta ad in 2009. His final record, Qualia, came out in 2017.
Weatherall was still gigging up until his death, and was due to play at London venue Phonox this Friday, as well as signing up to play Houghton Festival and Waterworks Festival this summer. Speaking about the appeal of DJing in 2016, Weatherall told the Guardian: ‘It’s quite vampyric, DJing. You’re never going to have that feeling of hearing that record for the first time again, but if you look into the eyes of someone who’s hearing it for the first time, it’s a nice vicarious feeling. ‘But it’s not selfish. I think I’ve never lost that thing I had when I was 12 years old and inviting my mates round to my house. They’d all be copping off with girls and I’m going, “No, check out this B-side”.’ In the wake of the news, fans, colleagues and friends have paid tribute to Andrew on social media.