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Orb Star Dies Suddenly ::

Reported by Ben Stroud on June 26, 2009

London ambient/ trance producer Andy Hughes who played with the Orb in the late 90s, died last week aged 44, after falling ill suddenly with liver disease.

The acid house pioneer and father of two played with the Orb from the mid 90s to 2000, working on album Orblivion and top 5 pop hit Toxygene, and received a moving tribute from the band, posted on Myspace.

“Andy was a genius who gave so much inspiration and passion to all with his incredible work,” the Orb statement read, “Together with his musical partners Alex Patterson and former members Kris Weston, Simon Phillips and Thomas Fehlmann together with Nick Burton of Westworld fame, Andy created electronic and ambient/techno/house/dub masterpieces.”

Fans and friends were urged to make a donation to the London hospital where Andy spent the last few days of his life, via a website which included a further tribute from close friends and his parents.

“Andy passed away on Friday 12th June 2009 after a short illness and will be sadly missed by his family and many close friends,” the statement said.

“During the last few days of his life, he was cared for by the staff of the Liver Intensive Care Unit at Kings College Hospital in London and whilst visiting Andy we discovered the excellent, caring and truly ‘intensive’ work that these wonderful people do every day. Andy’s parents have requested that if you would like to make a donation to charity in memory of Andy, his life and his work, then please use this page to donate to the Kings College Hospital Charity.”

Andy’s parents started the appeal with a £30 donation and simple message which said ‘In loving memory of our beautiful son Andy and our grateful thanks to all the staff that cared for him’. To make a donation, click below.

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