Andy Hughes, member of ambient-dance act The Orb, passed away Friday at the age of 44, the band announced via its MySpace page. It wasn't clear what exactly ailed Hughes (a statement called it a "short illness") but mourners who want to contribute money in his memory are encouraged to donate to the Liver Intensive Therapy Unit at Kings College Hospital, with a special URL of justgiving.com/andyphughes.
At the beginning of the month the band announced via MySpace that it was canceling a scheduled tour: "Due to personal reasons, the upcoming tour for The Orb will be postponed. All within the camp are looking forward to making their long anticipated return to the US and plan to deliver nothing less than an experience their fans deserve. With a new album on the horizon, The Orb hope to provide newly rescheduled dates as soon as possible and are excited about what is to come." It's not clear if the cancellation is related to Hughes' health or if Hughes was even scheduled to be on the road with the act (he broke off in 2000 but seems to have maintained on-again-off-again status with The Orb).
Wiki's got a proper history of the band, which started in the late 1980s and scored a rave-era hit with "Little Fluffy Clouds" in 1990.
Scheduled for 11:45 a.m., public services will be held Monday at London's West Norwood Crematorium, Norwood Road SE 27. Floral arrangements and other dedications can be sent care of Hughes to: Funeral Directors W. Uden & Sons, 265 Southampton Way, Camberwell, London SE9 7EN.
[Photo spotted at Discogs].