Celebrated DJ and musician Andrew Weatherall has died aged 56.
Known for helming Primal Scream’s 1991 album Screamadelica, Weatherall passed away after a pulmonary embolism in London earlier today (February 17).
In a statement, his management said: “We are deeply sorry to announce that Andrew Weatherall, the noted DJ and musician passed away in the early hours of this morning, 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.”
Weatherall began his career with a slot DJing at Danny Rampling’s Shoom Club Night and he founded the label Boy’s Own Recordings soon afterwards.
An early champion of the Chemical Brothers, Weatherall also produced records for Beth Orton, One Dove, Fuck Buttons and The Twilight Sad. His extensive portfolio of remixes includes Björk, New Order, Manic Street Preachers, My Bloody Valentine and more.
Weatherall's solo career began with 2006's The Bullet Catcher's Apprentice and he continued to work as a DJ and producer until his death.
Screamadelica has 570,701 sales to date, according to the Official Charts Company. BBC Radio 6 Music's Lauren Laverne, Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers and Tim Burgess are among those to have paid tribute on social media.
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
Absolutely heartbroken to hear about Weatherall. A wonderful person who contributed so much to music and British culture. The world is a poorer place today.— Lauren Laverne (@laurenlaverne) 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
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
Everyone at Defected is shocked and saddened at the passing of Andrew Weatherall.— Defected Records (@DefectedRecords) February 17, 2020
He was a genuine innovator in the scene, and one of the most renowned remixers… A legend of electronic music.
Thank you Andrew - your music and contribution will live forever.
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
We lost one of our best today - RIP Andrew Weatherall.— NTS Radio (@NTSlive) February 17, 2020
Statement from management: “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... pic.twitter.com/VcXrmRNiCJ
A true inspiration and hero. A lovely funny man. Incredible DJ. ?? Andrew Weatherall.— ed simons (@eddychemical) February 17, 2020
very sad to hear about Andrew Weatherall this afternoon. rest in power— anton newcombe (@antonnewcombe) February 17, 2020
We are profoundly sad to learn of the passing of Andrew Weatherall. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.— Warp Records (@WarpRecords) February 17, 2020
A true cultural icon and vital contributor to the label, his absence will be immensely felt. Thank you for all the music and memories. pic.twitter.com/SHfJgXrgxd