The legendary DJ and producer passed away in London this morning.
The respected and beloved DJ and producer passed away this morning, Monday, February 17th, at London's Whipps Cross Hospital. Weatherall suffered a pulmonary embolism, according his management, who said "his death was swift and peaceful." He was 56.
Weatherall's management shared the following statement this morning.
"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. His family and friends are profoundly saddened by his death and are taking time to gather their thoughts."Weatherall was a key member of the late '80s London acid house scene, as a resident of Danny Rampling's Shoom parties and through the Boy's Own collective, working as a DJ, producer and journalist. Most widely known for producing Primal Scream's 1991 album, Screamadelica, and acts like Beth Orton and My Bloody Valentine, he was also part of influential groups The Sabres Of Paradise and Two Lone Swordsmen. More recently, he ran the A Love From Outer Space parties with Sean Johnston.
Weatherall was in the process of releasing new music, including the Unknown Plunderer / End Times Sound EP on Byrd Out. He had also been booked for a number of upcoming festivals such as inner city electronic, Houghton, Love International, GALA and more.
Read JD Twitch's tribute to Weatherall.
Many have been sharing tributes to the late icon on social media.
Today is the worst of days. Can’t believe it. He was the best of people. A lovely, lovely human being. Hilarious. A fabulous story teller. A man of impeccable taste. An inspiration. A friend. A comrade in arms. It’s so hard to imagine our world without him.— Optimo (Espacio) (@JDTwitch) February 17, 2020
Weatherall was a font of all things amazing when it came to music. I’ll miss his enthusiasm and his ace recommendations. A good friend and inspiration to so many x x pic.twitter.com/0OEVdoaets— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) 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
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
I am so so shocked and saddened. Andrew was such a wonderful soul. 💔 https://t.co/l8pTC8KpDs— Cosey Fanni Tutti (@coseyfannitutti) 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
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We don’t need to say that we’re devastated to hear of Andrew Weatherall’s passing. A legendary DJ, producer, label owner and party maker across more than three decades, he epitomised everything we love about dance culture. Emerging onto the scene as a DJ in the late 80s and early 90s, he was an early spearhead for the UK’s electronic music explosion. As a producer, he shaped the sound of seminal records like Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadelica’, and would later go on to put out killer track after killer track as one half of Two Lone Swordsmen (we’re still playing a lot of those records 20 years later). In recent years, he’d devoted much of his time to A Love From Outer Space, a trailblazing party that explored electronic music at a different pace. Behind the decks, he truly mastered what it means to be a “selector”, and whether playing house, electro, disco, dub, or indie rock, he never compromised on his artistic vision. We were lucky to release his fabric 19 compilation and host him in Farringdon on more than 30 occasions since his first visit in 2002, including his much-loved Haywire Sessions and across our birthday weekenders. This photo, taken in our early days, is just one of many memories we’ll cherish for years to come. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Not many people have soundtracked my life with as much amazing music as Andrew Weatherall and an absolute gent to go with it. RIP— R&S Records (@randsrecords) February 17, 2020
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Let’s keep this simple. Andrew weatherall- you made music that opened up a whole world to me, that not only let me dream but fuelled those dreams; optimistic, beautiful limitless possibilities of what life could be. and then later, you quietly, by example, showed us what cool really looks like. That it can be a real thing, a real way to live. By your own rules, by your own code. Thank you for being that rarest of things; someone to look up to. ❤️
Andy Weatherall once described his work as "a series of beautiful, totally futile gestures."— Ed Caesar (@edcaesar) February 17, 2020
Revisit our feature on Weatherall from 2009, and listen to his RA Podcast from 2015.