BREAKING: Sadness as much loved British musician dies

THE Cure drummer Andy Anderson has died aged 68.

He lost his battle with cancer just weeks after he announced that he had been diagnosed with the disease on a Facebook post.

The musician who has also worked with Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel was reportedly surrounded by friends and loved ones when he died.

He had written on Facebook earlier this month: “No boo-hooing here, just be positive. For me, it’s just another life experience and hurdle, that one has to make, yet another choice in life. Be cool, I most definitely am and positive about the situation.”

His former bandmate Lol Tolhurt said: “Andy Anderson was a true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humor which he kept until the end, a testament to his beautiful spirit on the last journey.

“We are all blessed to  have known him.”

Born Clifford Leon Anderson, in London he joined the band in 1982 after former drummer Lol transitioned to keyboardist after the recording of 1982 album Pornography.

He made his first appearance on single The Lovecats from the album Japanese Whispers in 1983.