DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall has died at the age of 56 after a pulmonary embolism.

A statement from his publicists released on Monday said: "We are deeply sorry to announce that Andrew Weatherall, the noted DJ and musician passed away in the early hours of this morning, Monday 17th February 2020, at Whipps Cross Hospital, London.

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"The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. He was being treated in hospital but unfortunately the blood clot reached his heart. His death was swift and peaceful.

"His family and friends are profoundly saddened by his death and are taking time to gather their thoughts. Further announcements regarding funeral arrangements will be made in due course."

Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, one of the many acts Weatherall worked with

Weatherall is largely credited with taking acid house into the mainstream with his production work on Primal Scream's landmark album Screamadelica in 1991, which helped change the course of British dance and rock music in the 1990s.

Weatherall was one of the key DJs in the acid house movement of the late 1980s and founded the record label Boy's Own Recordings and the production outfit Bocca Juniors.

As well as producing Screamadelica, he was acclaimed for his work as a DJ on Happy Mondays' Hallelujah, New Order's World In Motion and Primal Scream's Loaded.

Tributes have been flooding in for Weatherall, who was a much-loved figure in the UK music scene.

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