Songwriter Andrew Dorff died at the young age of 40, the Nashville Songwriters Association International announced on December 20. However, the actual cause of his death is still unknown.
Dorff is the brother of actor Stephen Dorff. He penned the lyrics of several country music hits for stars like Blake Shelton and Kennet Chesney.
Andrew Dorff Dead: Songwriter Dies At An Young Age
Lee Thomas Miller, president of Nashville Songwriters Association International, took to Facebook to express his grief at the Andrew Dorff dead news.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we learn of the passing of our friend Andrew Dorff,” he wrote. “Our songwriting community is small and close and this loss will hurt us all deeply. Andrew was a good man and a good friend. He was an elite songwriter at the peak of his life and career. Our sincerest prayers go out to his family. May we all hug each other a little tighter this week and remember that life is fragile. Rest in peace Andrew.”
Dorff wrote songs like “Neon Light” or “My Eyes” for Blake Shelton, and “Save It For A Rainy Day” for Kenny Chesney. The 40-year-old artist, born in Los Angeles, moved to Nashville in 2003.
Thereafter he signed up with Universal Music Publishing Group. In 2008, he made it to the Billboard charts with his first top 10 singles. Over the following years he wrote a number of hit songs, the US Weekly reported. Hunter Hayes’ “Somebody’s Heartbreak” was the songwriter’s first No.1 hit.
Andrew Dorff Dead: Country Singers Take To Social Media To Pay Tribute
After reports of Andrew Dorff dead surfaced, a number of country singers took to the social media to pay tribute to the departed songwriter, the Hollywood Life reported.
“Terrible tragedy. Prayers to his family,” country star, Chase Rice shared. “No words. Andrew Dorff I don’t even know what to say man. Heart broken. You’ll be missed. A great songwriter taken way too young.”
Shelton also shared a post on Twitter on receiving the sad news, “Sad to be hearing about Andrew Dorff passing away.”
— UMPG Nashville (@UMPG_Nashville) December 20, 2016