British drummer Andy Anderson, who played with The Cure and Iggy Pop, among other rock acts, has died. He was 68.
Lol Tolhurst, a founding member of The Cure, confirmed Anderson’s passing yesterday. “It is a small measure of solace to learn that he went peacefully at his home,” Tolhurst wrote.
Anderson had revealed his terminal cancer diagnosis in a Facebook post nearly two weeks ago, announcing that he had opted for a do-not-resuscitate order in the event that things went downhill.
“Please, no boo-hooing here, just be positive,” he wrote. “For me it’s just another life experience and hurdle that one has to make yet another choice in life [about.] Be cool, I most definitely am [cool] and positive about the situation.”
Anderson joined The Cure in 1983 and drummed on their album The Top. He also joined The Glove, Robert Smith’s side project with Steven Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees. He later went on to work with Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, Jeffrey Lee Pierce and others, and put out solo music as AAMuzik.
Anderson’s former collaborators paid tribute to him on social media. Iggy Pop remembered him as “one of the nicest people [he’d] ever met or worked with,” while Tolhurst called Anderson “a true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humor which he kept until the end.”
RIP, Andy Anderson. Watch him perform “A Forest” with The Cure live on German television in 1984: