Nine Inch Nails Superfan Andrew Youssef Dead at 38

Trent Reznor called Youssef last month onstage at a show

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails performs in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands.
Paul Bergen/Redferns
December 2, 2013 10:45 AM ET

Andrew Youssef, a concert photographer and writer who chronicled his battle with cancer for OC Weekly, died Saturday, the California alt-weekly reported. He was 38. Youssef was a devout Nine Inch Nails fan who drew attention last month when Trent Reznor called him onstage from a concert in Las Vegas that Youssef had been too ill to attend.

"He was surrounded by his family and loved ones and went peacefully," Youssef's brother Pat said in a statement to the Facebook fundraising page NIN Fans for Andrew Youssef. "I can honestly tell you, that your efforts and love have made a big difference for the family and Andrew."

Trent Reznor Calls Dying Fan During Nine Inch Nails Fan

After Youssef was diagnosed with colon cancer early in 2011 and he chronicled his battle with the disease in the column "Last Shot." His last entry came October 10th, when he wrote about attending rehearsals for the Nine Inch Nails' current tour. "One of my many favorite moments was being able to eat with Trent and talk about everything from Breaking Bad to my journey fighting colon cancer and how I refuse to give up without putting up a fight," Youssef wrote. "Those moments are something I will always cherish."

Youssef, who worked as a hospital pharmacist by day, was a lifelong music fan. He saw his first concert when he was nine – Judas Priest at Long Beach Arena in 1984. Youssef spent seven years as a freelance concert photographer, and had shot more than 330 shows since his diagnosis, OC Weekly wrote in an October cover story. "If I have the energy to do something, I'm gonna do it. Because there's gonna come a time when I won't have it," he told the newspaper.

A Los Angeles-area native, Youssef studied pharmacy at the University of the Pacific in California. He's survived by his parents and his older brother. Funeral arrangements and memorial service details haven't been announced yet.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

More Song Stories entries »