In a year when tragedy has struck almost daily, another life has been snuffed from this world. Hit country songwriter Andrew Dorff was the latest in a long string of unfortunate events. The man behind such hits as Hunter Hayes' "Somebody's Heartbreak," Blake Shelton's "My Eyes" and "Neon Lights" and Kenny Chesney's "Save It for a Rainy Day" passed away on Monday (Dec. 19). Circumstances are undisclosed. He was 40.
“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," Nashville Songwriters Association International President, songwriter and producer Lee Thomas Miller wrote on Facebook.
His father and songwriter Stephen Dorff, Sr. also took to Facebook, writing, "Thank you all for the outpouring of love and prayers. 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."
Dorff's credits also include Martina McBride's "Ride," Ronnie Dunn's "Bleed Red," William Michael Morgan's "Missing," Dierks Bentley's "Pick Up," The Cadillac Three's "Hot Damn," Cole Swindell's "Remember Boys," Tim McGraw's "Love Runs," Old Dominion's "Shut Me Up," Sara Evans' "Put My Heart Down," Justin Moore's "This Kind Town" and more.
Dorff is also the brother of actor Stephen Dorff (Blade, Immortals, Wheeler).
The country music community has taken to social media to extend heartfelt words. See a round-up of condolences below.
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RIP Andrew Dorff 💔— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) December 20, 2016
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.— Chase Rice (@ChaseRiceMusic) December 20, 2016
Completely shocked and heartbroken about the loss of Andrew Dorff. What an amazing talent taken too soon. Gonna miss you man.— Justin Adams (@JustinAdamsCtry) December 20, 2016
My prayers go out the the friends and family of Andrew Dorff: A genuine, talented guy with such a heart for the people he loved. Rest easy.— Brinley Addington (@brinley_) December 20, 2016
Sad day for the Songwriting world today.. Andrew was a cool hang and a lot of fun to write with..you'll be missed #AndrewDorff— Chuck Wicks (@chuckwicksmusic) December 20, 2016
So saddened by the passing of Andrew Dorff. Prayers for his family and @UMPG_Nashville fam!— BRYAN TODD (@BTMUSIC) December 20, 2016
You'll be missed by everyone you've ever met Andrew Dorff. Glad I got to know you a little. This was a sad day 💔— Lucie Silvas (@LucieSilvas) December 20, 2016
Hearing about Andrew Dorff tonight. Hope this project his brother worked on will keep him remembered. https://t.co/6Mxhd545v2— jenniferblake (@jenniferblake) December 20, 2016
What is happening? Just heard the awful news that we lost Andrew Dorff... I'm just in shock. You were a light @endorffin— Brandon Ray (@BrandonRayMusic) December 20, 2016
Nashville lost a great songwriter tonight. If you didn't know Andrew Dorff, you knew his songs. Way too young. R.I.P.— Jayce (@Jayce_Hein) December 20, 2016
So sad to hear about Andrew Dorff ...loved the writing and generally just being around him. Rip— Zac Maloy (@zacmaloy) December 20, 2016
The Nashville songwriting community lost one of its finest talents + kindest souls today.— Dan + Shay (@DanAndShay) December 20, 2016
Rest In Peace, @endorffin. 🐾
Devastated by the news of @endorffin passing....— Ryan Lafferty (@IAmRyanLafferty) December 20, 2016
@endorffin you were truly one of my favorite people to create music with and one of my biggest supporters. Gonna miss you like crazy man.— Seth Ennis (@SethEnnis) December 20, 2016
@endorffin Just incredibly shocked. RIP Andrew. You left a huge hole in this town man! Lot of hurting people in Nashville tonight.— Jeremy Bussey (@JeremyBussey) December 20, 2016
Heavy heart tonight. @endorffin we will miss you buddy. You were one of a kind.— Corey Crowder (@coreycrowder) December 20, 2016
Cigars and champagne in heaven. Rest in sweet peace and in the arms of the almighty God @endorffin bless you sweet man!— Shane Stevens (@shanestevensHG) December 20, 2016
I have a heavy heart.... RIP @endorffin. Nashville will miss you dearly. 🙏🏼— Lindsay Ell (@lindsayell) December 20, 2016
.@endorffin you showed me how great being weird could be and I'll never stop. Words can't express what your loss to this world means. Love.— Maggie Rose (@IAmMaggieRose) December 20, 2016
Some songs just won't sound the same again. May you find peace on the other side, @endorffin. 💔— Jaida Dreyer (@jaidadreyer) December 20, 2016
So incredibly sad to hear... No words for this... https://t.co/3d355BGI56— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) December 20, 2016
Country music lost one of our own today. Rest easy @endorffin thanks for being the friend you were we will miss you down here buddy.— Cole Taylor (@coletaylorlive) December 20, 2016
My heart breaks for the loss of @endorffin. RIP my friend— Travis Denning (@Travis_Denning) December 20, 2016