Andy Anderson, a former drummer of The Cure, has died at the age of 68.

Only a matter of days ago Anderson revealed that he had been given an a diagnosis of terminal cancer, he said: 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. Be cool, I most definitely am and positive about the situation.” 

Now, former bandmate Lol Tolhurst has announced Anderson’s passing. “Andy Anderson was a true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humour which he kept until the end, a testament to his beautiful spirit on the last journey,” wrote Tolhurst on social media. “We are blessed to have known him.”

Anderson, who also worked with Iggy Pop, was The Cure’s drummer 1983 and recorded on the albums Japanese WhispersThe Top, and Concert. On top of that, Anderson had an active role in the creation of iconic singles ‘Love Cats’ and ‘The Caterpillar’.

Anderson first began his working relationship with Cure frontman Robert Smith as the drummer in Smith’s side project Siouxsie and the Banshees and also worked with the likes of Robin Scott, Mother Gong, M, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Steve Vengeance, Two-Bit Thief, The Gun Club and more.

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