Celebrities React: Andrew Dorff Dead
The county music world is mourning the death of Andrew Dorff. Dorff, the brother of actor Stephen Dorff, was a beloved songwriter for a number of top artists. He was reportedly 39.
Dorff’s passing was revealed by the Nashville Songwriters Association International. In a statement, NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller says, “It is with immeasurable grief that we learn of the passing of our friend Andrew Dorff. 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.”
No cause of death has been announced, but it’s believed Dorff died on Monday. BMI Nashville says in its own statement, “The BMI family is incredibly shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of songwriter Andrew Dorff. The Nashville music business community will miss his kind and generous spirit, his unparalleled talent, and his gift of friendship. BMI was so fortunate to be a part of his career from the very beginning. Whether swinging by our office for a quick meeting or receiving an award at our annual dinner, Andrew’s presence was always a welcome one in the room. He will be sorely missed by our entire staff.”
Dorff was one of the co-writers behind Blake Shelton’s “Neon Light,” which went to number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2014. That same year, another one of their collaborations, “My Eyes,” also hit number one. Now, following the news of Dorff’s death, Shelton tweeted, “Sad to be finding out about Andrew Dorff passing away… Terrible tragedy. Prayers to his family.”
Others paying tribute include Martina McBride, who wrote on Twitter, “So very sad to hear about @endorffin Thanks for caring enough to write with me and for ‘Ride’ #shinewhileyouhavethechancetoshine #sweetsoul.” Duo Dan + Shay also posted, “The Nashville songwriting community lost one of its finest talents + kindest souls today. Rest In Peace, @endorffin.” On Instagram, Reba McEntire expressed, “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Andrew Dorff. Steve, my heart hurts for you. Rest in peace Andrew.”
Chase Rice tweeted, “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.” Chuck Wicks said, “Sad day for the Songwriting world today.. Andrew was a cool hang and a lot of fun to write with..you’ll be missed.” And Hunter Hayes commented, “A prolific writer w/ a huge heart. Music lost 1 of its greatest. So devastating. Rest in peace Andrew. The music you gave will live forever.”
Dorff also wrote number one hits for the likes of Hayes and Kenny Chesney. In addition to his brother, he is survived by their father Steve Dorff, who is a Grammy-nominated songwriter. In a MusicRow interview just published in October, the younger Dorff shared, “I was very supported by my family, still am. I’ve never felt pressure. I joke with my father now. We were at some No. 1 thing for me, and he said, ‘You only have so many more to go to catch me.’ There’s definitely a healthy competition. It doesn’t feel like I have to live up to him at all.”
The elder Dorff now says on Facebook, “Thank you all for the outpouring of love and prayer. There simply are no words for the unbearable heartbreaking loss my family and I are feeling today. May God bless my Son Andrew, the best friend any Father could have. Your light will forever shine in my heart, and in all those who were lucky enough to know you.”
Gossip Cop offers our own condolences as well. Dorff is pictured above with Hayes in 2013.