The Cure drummer Andy Anderson has died aged 68 following a battle with cancer.
His former bandmate Lol Tolhurst confirmed the musician’s death on Twitter, describing him as a “true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humour”.
Anderson was best known for a short spell in the British rock band, but over the course of his career he worked with Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, the Sex Pistols’ Glen Mattlock and Mike Oldfield.
He died at about 6pm on Tuesday surrounded by family.
Anderson announced he had been diagnosed with terminal stage 4 cancer earlier this month in a Facebook post.
He wrote there was “no way of returning back” from the diagnosis but he was “totally fine” with the situation.
He confirmed he had asked not to be resuscitated and told fans to “be cool”.
The message read: “Chemotherapy and radiotherapy will be discussed over the next few days, hopefully I’ll be able to get back to get to you in the next few days about the outcome, and please, no boo, hooing, here, just be positive.
“For me it’s just another life experience and hurdle, that one has to make yet another choice in life, be cool, I most definitely am and positive about the situation.”
The musician was born Clifford Leon Anderson in West Ham, east London, and joined The Cure in 1983.
He played on the band’s famous track The Lovecats, which became The Cure’s first top 10 hit in the UK.
Anderson also appeared on their 1984 record The Top and the live album Concert.
American singer Iggy Pop also paid tribute to Anderson, saying he was “one of the nicest people” he had worked with.
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