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Hit Country Songwriter Andrew Dorff Passes Away

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Hit country songwriter Andrew Dorff passed away Monday night. He was 39.

Dorff wrote songs for some of country’s biggest stars, including Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. He wrote Shelton’s recent No. 1 single “Neon Light,” as well as Chesney’s smash hit “Save It For A Rainy Day.”

Dorff also had cuts by artists including Ronnie Dunn, Hunter Hayes, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, William Michael Morgan and many more.

The news of his death was confirmed by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

“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,” the organization said in a statement. “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.”

Condolences poured in across Twitter as news of Dorff’s passing spread.

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The cause of Dorff’s death is currently unclear.

Dorff recently celebrated a birthday on Dec. 16. He got his start as an artist with 1997’s Hint Of A Mess before transitioning into songwriting.

Dorff is also the brother of actor Stephen Dorff, who stars in an upcoming film about an aspiring country singer from Texas who moves to Nashville. Andrew’s father is Steve Dorff, who penned several country hits, including George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart.”

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Andrew Dorff’s passing is another in a long line of this year’s tragic losses for the music community.

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