Andy Rourke, who played bass for British rock band The Smiths, has died. He's seen here in 2013 in New York City. Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Glenlivet hide caption toggle caption Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Glenlivet Music News The Smiths bassist Andy Rourke has died May 19, 2023 On seminal Smiths recordings in the 1980s, guitarist Johnny Marr said, "Andy reinvented what it is to be a bass guitar player." Rourke had been ill with pancreatic cancer. He was 59.