Andy Anderson, a former drummer for English rock band the Cure and punk singer Iggy Pop, has died from terminal cancer.
He was 68.
Anderson played on The Cure’s hit single Love Cats and on the 1984 album The Top.
The musician, originally from Essex, England, shared the news of his stage 4 cancer on Facebook on February 17.
In a message to his fans, he said, “Please, no boohooing here, just be positive. For me, it’s just another life experience and hurdle. I most definitely am positive about the situation.”
Founding member of the Cure, Lol Tolhurst, shared the news of Anderson’s death on Twitter on Tuesday.
Anderson joined the Cure in 1983 after Tolhurst switched to keyboards, and contributed to the band’s fifth studio release, The Top.
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
— NME (@NME) February 26, 2019
Besides The Cure, Anderson played with musicians including Pop, Peter Gabriel, Midge Ure, Issac Hayes, Mike Oldfield, the Gun Club’s Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Bronski Beat’s Jimmy Somerville and Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols.
He started his career playing for psychedelic hard rockers Hawkwind before joining the Glove, who released just one album, Blue Sunshine, as a side project of the Cure’s frontman Robert Smith and Steven Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Sad to hear former Cure drummer Andy Anderson has died – he played with them first time I saw them in 1984. RIP.
Here he is in action a few months before, playing two tracks from the faultless Pornography album.https://t.co/hiTkSackCy
— Ant ★ Mixless (@mixless) February 26, 2019