Andy Anderson, Drummer for the Cure & Iggy Pop, Dead at 68

Andy Anderson The Cure
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Andy Anderson (left) with Lol Tolhurst, Paul "Porl" Thompson and Robert Smith of The Cure.

Andy Anderson, best known as the drummer for Iggy Pop and the Cure, died Tuesday (Feb. 26) of terminal cancer. He was 68.

 “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,” Cure founding member Lol Tolhurst confirmed the news on Twitter. Anderson joined the Cure in 1983 after Tolhurst switched to keys, and went on to work with a number of major artists including Iggy Pop, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, the Sex Pistols’ Glen Mattlock, Edwin Collins, Peter Gabriel and Isaac Hayes.

Anderson revealed his diagnosis via Facebook just last week. "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," he wrote. "Be cool, I most definitely am and positive about the situation , well that’s it for now, good folk, and thank you all for the well wishes I love them all, and are held very, very close to my heart dearly, and will stay with me for ever, any way, stay well yourselves and chat soon."

A number of fans took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the drummer. See some reactions below.


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