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Andrew Weatherall, Pioneering Electronic Music DJ & Producer, Dies at 56

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Andrew Weatherall performs DJ set on stage during The Apple Cart Festival 2011 at Victoria Park on Aug. 7, 2011 in London.

Tributes are being paid to influential DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall, who has died at the age of 56.

Best known for producing Primal Scream’s classic 1991 album, Screamadelica, Weatherall was one of the pioneering DJs in the U.K.’s late 1980s and early 1990s acid house scene.

He died in London's Whipps Cross Hospital early Monday morning (Feb. 17), according to his management. 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," a statement reads. “His family and friends are profoundly saddened by his death and are taking time to gather their thoughts.”

During the course of his career, Weatherall collaborated with New Order and Happy Mondays, and remixed scores of artists, including Björk, My Bloody Valentine, Manic Street Preachers, Beth Orton and Saint Etienne. He was also an early champion of the Chemical Brothers, and a founder member of influential electronic groups The Sabres of Paradise and Two Lone Swordsmen.

Paying tribute, DJ and producer Gilles Peterson said it was “hard to put into words the influence and impact Andrew Weatherall has had on U.K. culture.”  

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh wrote on Twitter that he was “absolutely distraught” to hear of the musician’s passing.

“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,” Welsh wrote.

Chemical Brothers Ed Simons called him “a true inspiration and hero,” while New Order Tweeted that they “are all very saddened to hear about the passing of our friend, and collaborator.”

The Charlatans singer Tim Burgess said he was “shocked and saddened to hear that cosmic traveller Andrew Weatherall has left the building.” He called him a “good friend and an inspiration to so many.”

Warp Records called him “a true cultural icon and vital contributor to the label. His absence will be immensely felt. Thank you for all the music and memories.”

“He was a genuine innovator in the scene... A legend of electronic music,” Tweeted indie dance label Defected Records. “Thank you Andrew -- your music and contribution will live forever.”