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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Longtime Rush friend and photographer Andrew MacNaughtan passes away from a heart attack
4:12PM EST | comments (49) |

UPDATE - 3/19@3:34PM: Here's a video news story covering Andrew's Grace: Africa in Photographs project (thanks Lex Rushon). It includes interview segments with Andrew along with Geddy and Alex from the art exhibit's opening gala.

UPDATE - 1/30@10:16AM: Here's Andrew's obituary in the Toronto Globe and Mail (thanks RushFanForever). And Neil Peart wrote a tribute to Andrew that he posted over at NeilPeart.net.

UPDATE - 1/28@10:42AM: Here's a CBC video news story on Andrew MacNaughtan's death (thanks RushFanForever). And photographer John Vinson sent me a couple of photographs he took of Andrew at work at the Red Rocks show in 2010 which you can check out by clicking on the thumbnails.

UPDATE - 1/27@9:27AM: Here's a CBC report on Andrew's passing that mentions his age as 47. And here's a great 1991 interview with Andrew where he talks at length about how he first got involved with Rush. 47 is way too young to die...

UPDATE - 1/26@7:40PM: Here's a report on MacNaughtan's death from the Toronto Star (thanks RushFanForever):

Toronto photographer Andrew MacNaughtan, longtime documenter of Rush's exploits and the man behind dozens of iconic portraits of Canadian celebrities, passed away suddenly in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

MacNaughtan, in his mid-40s, reportedly suffered a heart attack while in California shooting his old friends, Rush.

A member of the band's local management staff told the Star the office was "heartbroken over here," ...

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Andrew MacNaughtan - photo courtesy Paul BeaulieuI'm very sad to report that Rush's longtime friend and photographer Andrew MacNaughtan has passed away. From the Rush Facebook page:

We're deeply shocked and heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of our close friend and long-time photographer, Andrew MacNaughtan. He was a sweet person and a very talented artist. Words cannot describe how much he will be missed. - Geddy, Alex & Neil

Apparently Andrew died of a heart attack while on assignment with the band in Los Angeles. Andrew had worked with Rush as a photographer and videographer for many of the band's projects since back in the '80s. His latest project was a unique art book showcasing the beauty of Africa through a series of stunning black and white photographs called GRACE: Africa in Photographs. Proceeds from sales of the book and prints of the photographs go to support Andrew's charity ArtGivesHope. Andrew spoke about the project in this November interview with Global News which you can view below or at this link (thanks RushFanForever). Thanks to Paul Beaulieu for the great photo of Andrew. Andrew was an integral part of the Rush family and will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of Andrew's friends and family.

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#49 - Posted 1/29/12 @4:07PM by rosmakloma [contact]

Lorne Wheaton updated the picture on his website for Andrew: link
#48 - Posted 1/27/12 @7:50PM by Count Floyd [contact]

I have always been impressed, and even a little proud of the bands loyalty to their people, crew etc. seeing the same names chart over many years, and many of the same (usually!) smiling faces when on the road... It just strikes home how much of being a Rush fan(for me) resides outside the lines of the music itself. The way the band has chosen to interact with their fanbase, their crew, their industry, the way they themselves have interacted as artists... I am happy to know what it means care about a 'band' like that, and can't help but believe Andrew would've felt the same way prior to his amazing journey through the looking glass. and pun or not, that is one cool trip. rock on Andrew, you were truly one of the boys.
#47 - Posted 1/27/12 @2:05PM by Micky [contact]

When ages ago I discovered Rush I started being familiar with those so nice pictures of Andrew.
His family name was always attractive to me somehow.
This news just shocks me and I feel so sorry and scared too...his age is basically around mine.
God I'm here now working in south east of Asia and someone like my age passed away over there...
RIP ANDREW!
#46 - Posted 1/27/12 @11:01AM by Fish Eyelands [contact]

That really is a shame, his images of the band were iconic. Obviously the next album will most likely be dedicated to him.
#45 - Posted 1/27/12 @10:05AM by limelighter [contact]

thoughts and prayers to the family and friends. great photographer.
i read the article and he mentions rush shot a video of war paint from the presto album. will that ever be released? that would be awesome to see. now i am going to be thinking about this all day.
#44 - Posted 1/27/12 @10:04AM by lerxst68 [contact]

So sad ....."Suddenly you were gone, from all the lives you left your mark upon"
#43 - Posted 1/27/12 @9:20AM by Mr. K

Wow... that's terrible.

RIP Andrew... thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones.
#42 - Posted 1/27/12 @8:43AM by chutch15 [contact]

Very sad news.
#41 - Posted 1/27/12 @8:41AM by Cajava [contact]

Aw Lance, your simple two word statement choked me up. 'Afterimage' has been in heavy rotation in my house for a few weeks now.




Why does it happen? Because it happens.
#40 - Posted 1/27/12 @8:26AM by LanceTheShred [contact]

I remember...........

Thoughts and prayers to Andrew's immediate and Rush family. You will be greatly missed.

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