Tuesday, July 20, 2010

RIP: Andy Hummel

It's been a tough year for Big Star fans. Now original bassist Andy Hummel has died.

The legendary Memphis pop band Big Star has lost another member, as founding bassist Andy Hummel died Monday afternoon at his home in the Fort Worth, Texas, area after a long battle with cancer. He was 59.

Hummel had been receiving treatment for the past couple of years, but recently went in for a hip operation and was informed that the cancer had spread and that his condition was terminal.

“At that point,” said Hummel’s friend, Ardent Studios owner and Big Star producer John Fry, “Andy elected to accept hospice care and spent the last couple weeks at home with his family.”

We at Power Pop offer his friends and family our most sincere condolences.


FD13NYC said...

Not a big shock, but still sad to say the least. Hey, we lost John and George, and over that I'm still hurting.

steve simels said...

Bad year for bassists, too, with Pete Quaife's recent passing.

Sad indeed.

MBowen said...

I already had tickets for a Chilton Memorial Show. It'll be extra-bittersweet now.

Nazz Nomad said...

wow- Big Star caught up to the Ramones. There must be something in the water that drummers drink.

FD13NYC said...

Hey Steve, stay healthy!