LYMM resident Ian Brown has paid tribute to Andy Rourke, legendary guitarist of the Smiths.

It was announced by the Smiths' management this morning, Friday, that Rourke has died at the age of 59.

Known for hits such as 'This Charming Man' and 'There is a Light That Never Goes Out,' the Smiths were active through the 1980s.

The band's frontman Morrissey continues to make music, as does lead guitarist Johnny Marr.

Now, Ian Brown - lead singer of the Stone Roses - has paid tribute to the Smiths' legendary bassist.

Taking to social media, Brown (who was born in Orford) wrote that he first met Rourke at a party hosted by the drummer of the Smiths, Simon Wolstencroft, when Brown was just 17 years old.

Ian Brown tweeted his tribute, writing: "RiP Andy Rourke 

"I first met Andy aged 17 [at] Simon Wolstencroft's party.

"We remained pals.

"One of the highlights of my music life was Andy playing on my 'The World is Yours' album and accompanying me onstage on a UK tour and my first show in Moscow."

Brown added: "Belly laughs all the way.

"RiP Brother."

The Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr led tributes to his former bandmate, writing: "It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Andy Rourke after a lengthy illness with pancreatic cancer.

"Andy will be remembered as a kind and beautiful soul by those who knew him and as a supremely gifted musician by music fans. 

"We request privacy at this sad time."

Newton-le-Willows popstar Rick Astley was another household name who paid tribute to Rourke today, saying: "Very sad news about Andy Rourke.

"I met Andy with Mike Joyce in LA in the 80s.

"Such lovely guys, made time to chat to a kid from Newton-le-Willows, heroes!


"Love to his family and friends."