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The Orb’s Andy Hughes dead at 44

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We’re sad to report that Andy Hughes, the acclaimed British DJ and producer, tragically passed away on June 12th due to what is being described as a “short illness.”The Middlesex native was 44-years-old. His passing was formally announced today in a press release issued by WME Entertainment, the U.S. agency that represents The Orb, a band Hughes was a member throughout the 1990s. As a member of the UK electro outfit, Hughes was instrumental in the band’s rise in popularity, especially following the release of 1997’s Orblivion and the single “Toxygene”, which reached number four in the UK charts.

In addition to his work with The Orb, Hughes also produced for produced and remixed music for artists such as Kovak, Basement Jaxx, The Cranberries and Tangerine Dream.

Hughes’ funeral will take place on June 27th at West Norwood Crematorium in London. It will be open to the public. Donations to the to the Liver Intensive Therapy Unit at Kings College Hospital are being welcomed at www.justgiving.com/andyphughes.

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