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Phoenix Music Icon Andy Warpigs Has Died

Local folk punk artist Andy Warpigs.
Local folk punk artist Andy Warpigs. Benjamin Leatherman

Phoenix musician Andy Warpigs has died.

News broke on Sunday night on social media. No cause of death has been mentioned.

"I'm at a loss for words but we Phoenix lost its folk-punk legend," wrote one Facebook poster. "Rest easy, rest in peace, rest in punk," wrote another.

A 2014 Phoenix New Times article characterized Warpigs' sound as "heavily improvised art-punk music."

But their role as a musician was equaled by their role as a supporter of the local cultural scene and its artists.

“I think the best way to help people is to give them a platform to speak for themselves,” Warpigs said in a 2019 New Times article. “Each community is different, and each individual within those communities has their own unique perspective and their own story to tell.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.
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Jennifer Goldberg is the culture editor and Best of Phoenix editor for Phoenix New Times.