Andrew Youssef, OC Weekly Music Writer-Photographer, Passes Away from Cancer

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We'll miss you, Amateur Chemist...
Andrew Youssef, longtime OC Weekly music writer-photographer whose valiant battle against colon cancer he documented for us in his "Last Shot" column, passed away peacefully this weekend surrounded by family and friends. He was 38.

We at the Weekly are devastated, and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones. But we are also happy to know Andrew was able to experience the love and respect of the music world in his last months, a community that would not let their colleague face the damned disease alone.

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Weekly music editor Nate Jackson's touching October cover story on Andrew is but a glimpse into how beloved and respected he was. The story came out before Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor Facetimed Andrew, making him a viral sensation. It was before we helped throw a party for Andrew at the Observatory that drew hundreds on a cold Sunday night, a party that involved slideshows of Andrew's life and his greatest photographs for us, Stereogum, and others. It was before Andrew finally, boldly allowed friends and family to create a Paypal account to help him defray medical costs--before that, he declined all requests for help, saying others deserved it more.

Here is Reznor's touching shout-out to Andrew just a couple of weeks ago, just as NIN was going to play the rarely performed "In this Twilight," one of Andrew's favorite songs and the title of one of his most powerful columns:

Andrew's last tweet was telling of his character: self-effacing, humble, incredulous that anyone would care about him:



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49 comments
CrystalClear
CrystalClear

Too bad….that it wasnt Moxley instead.

David Zamora
David Zamora

a unrecognized urban contemporary warrior...

Tonna Rizzi
Tonna Rizzi

No more pain, rest in peace, you gave the world your art to remember you by.

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Condolences to his family and friends.  His columns were some of the best writing in the OCW.

John Gilhooley
John Gilhooley

kick ass photographer … very inspiring how hard he worked and did not let anything slow him down …

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Thanks for your courage Andrew.

Sam Carrillo
Sam Carrillo

My condolences to all of hos friends and family and fellow co- workers may he R.I.P.... Fuck cancer!

Andrew Nava
Andrew Nava

so the day finally came.....suffer no more good sir.....thank you for everything....thank you OC Weekly & all its staff for giving us your all. sorry for your loss. :(

Stacee Kirk
Stacee Kirk

RIP~~~~~~he was so awesome & will certainly live on through his art

Lynn Talmon
Lynn Talmon

oh no!!! I am sorry for his friends and family losing him so young...I sure enjoyed his photography, many times there would be a great photo and I'd check to see who did it, yep Youssef

Joshua Ben Paskowitz
Joshua Ben Paskowitz

I got to meet him at my event! My psychotic family really amused him and he was really cool! Aloha!!!

Lisa Burrell
Lisa Burrell

Rest in peace, Andrew. Prayers for his family...

Oscar Ybarra
Oscar Ybarra

Sad news. Positive thoughts to his family and friends.

Helene Smati
Helene Smati

Very sad news...he was a courageous man.

Ann Wydra
Ann Wydra

Thank you for sharing him with all of us. I'm so sorry to hear he's passed away.

Mary Platt
Mary Platt

A gifted man, great photographer and wonderful writer -- what a loss. My thoughts are with his friends and family.

Sean Soto
Sean Soto

RIP, gone too soon, always enjoy his shots!

John del Real
John del Real

He was a great writer. He will be missed. Condolences.

Markus Seitz
Markus Seitz

RIP Youssef. You're images will live on forever.

Judy Case
Judy Case

Condolences to your OCW Family and the family of Mr. Youssef.

Chris Perley
Chris Perley

Very sorry to hear. My thoughts are with you and his family.

Maryann Moser Pesini
Maryann Moser Pesini

And the sky is filled with light Can you see it? All the black is really white If you believe it As your time is running out Let me take away your doubt You can find a better a place In this twilight RIP Andrew!

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

R.I.P. Andrew.  

And maybe you can write my obituary, after all 


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