R.I.P  Andy Rourke

Andy Rourke, bassist for the influential British rock band the Smiths, has died after a long illness due to pancreatic cancer. He was 59. 

Rourke was born on 17 January 1964 to an English mother and an Irish  father. He was interested in music from an early age and began learning  the guitar aged seven.

In 1982, when Marr formed The Smiths with Morrissey and Joyce, the group  initially trialled two other bassists before permanently enlisting  Rourke. Marr described playing the bass as Rourke's "true calling".

On the morning of 19 May 2023, at the age of 59, Rourke died from pancreatic cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City