R.I.P. Andrew Youssef: In Appreciation of a Life Well Lived

Categories: Last Shot

trentandandrew-thumb-560x372.jpg
Youssef with Trent Reznor.
[This article originally appeared in our sister paper, the OC Weekly, where Youssef was based. Point your Internet in that direction for more remembrances and tributes to the much-loved music photographer.]

Andrew Youssef died at his home on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at approximately 8:30 a.m. It was news that I'd been sadly anticipating for days now, though I was not ready for it when I answered a call from Youssef's older brother, Patrick. I'd just gotten home, sweaty and tired, from a morning run. A couple days had gone by since I'd heard from the beloved Weekly writer and photographer, and I was antsy to get an update about his condition. No more than a minute after texting Pat to check in was I hearing the words I'd dreaded for so long: "Andrew's gone."

More »

Photographer Andrew Youssef Could Use Your Support: Here's How to Help

Categories: Last Shot

trentandandrew-thumb-560x372.jpg
Andrew Youssef with Trent Reznor.

Searching Andrew Youssef's name online offers a new surprise just about every day, as more and more outlets grab hold of the story of the beloved photographer battling Stage IV colon cancer. In the last week or so, he has caught the attention of everyone from CBS News to Rolling Stone, NME and People Magazine. Of course, Trent Reznor's tear-inducing tribute to Youssef at a recent Nine Inch Nails show in Las Vegas helped a little.

And now it seems that not only is his story getting out there, but Nine Inch Nails fans and supporters of Youssef from around the world are seeking him out to get him any kind of financial and emotional support they can offer. Some NIN fans even put together a Facebook group specifically to connect and figure out a way to help. Well, now they have one.


More »

Trent Reznor's Stunning Shout Out to Andrew Youssef

Categories: Last Shot

screencapNIN1.png
At this point, we thought we'd seen just about everything Nine Inch Nails could do to show their support for beloved music photographer Andrew Youssef. He's already going down in history for having one of the most legendary NIN fan experiences ever, thanks to the time spent with Trent Reznor and company before their fall arena tour. Since learning about Youssef's battle with Stage IV colon cancer, there's no question the band and its team have formed a genuine bond with one of its biggest and most deserving fans. Youssef chronicled the experiences in his Last Shot column, which delves into his experiences fighting cancer through his love of music.

See Also: Terminal Cancer Allows Me to "Make a Wish" with Nine Inch Nails

More »

For Photojournalist Andrew Youssef, Life Was Music. Then Came Cancer

Categories: Last Shot

andrew-youssef-last-shot-stage-iv-colon-cancer.9254187.87.jpg
[Editor's note: This article was orginally printed by our sister paper, OC Weekly, where Andrew Youssef is based. Youssef is the author of the Last Shot column that we have been running, which chronicles his struggle against cancer in his own words.]

With sneakers squeaking on white tiles, Andrew Youssef roams Long Beach Memorial Hospital. It's 5:30 p.m., and for the bespectacled, well-mannered pharmacist, that means quitting time. He isn't heading home to a sloshy TV dinner, a plush couch and HBO. Instead, he can't wait to ditch his scrubs and pursue his true calling -- his night job.

Youssef dips into the locker room and rips off his turquoise jump suit. As a freelance concert photographer for the past seven years, he has shot everyone from Black Sabbath to Cold War Kids. The rush to change and get back into the action has hardly lost its thrill. Switching into his usual all-black uniform of jeans, a T-shirt and a windbreaker, he fetches his trusty Nikon D4 and his blue bag of pills and is off into the neon night.

Nearly three years ago, Youssef was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Since then, he has held fast in a heroic battle against the illness. His survival rate past five years was less than 6 percent. Today, as the cancer in his body advances, the 38-year-old finds himself nearing the end of his fight; recently, doctors gave him weeks to months to live.

More »

Terminal Cancer Allows Me to "Make a Wish" with Nine Inch Nails

Categories: Last Shot

self3-thumb-320x398.jpg
Lindsey Best
Andrew Youssef
[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his life, this series allows him to tell his story in his own words.]

My life continues to be a whirlwind since I posted my column about going into palliative care. I've been coordinating visits with friends, tying up loose ends, sending more e-mails and trying to find a break in between it all to have some quiet time to unwind and decompress.

See Also: Last Shot: A Concert Photographer's Battle With Cancer

More »

Last Shot: Shake the Disease

Categories: Last Shot

self3-thumb-320x398.jpg
Lindsey Best
Andrew Youssef
[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his life, this series allows him to tell his story in his own words.]

Writing my last column was definitely one of the hardest things that I've ever done. While I was still dealing with the reactions from the column, the flood of good wishes, prayers and tearful conversations that ensued was like adding another ton of emotional weight to my psyche. A sign that things were in overdrive was that I got a warning that my cell phone minutes were exceeded. This is something that never happens.

See Also: Last Shot: A Concert Photographer's Battle With Cancer

More »

Last Shot: In This Twilight

Categories: Last Shot

self3-thumb-320x398.jpg
Lindsey Best
Andrew Youssef
[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his life, this series allows him to tell his story in his own words.]

This is the most difficult column I will ever write. Although it wasn't easy admitting to everyone that I had Stage IV colon cancer in my first column, I now have more important and difficult news to convey to all my friends and colleagues. Unfortunately, the new clinical trial medication did not improve my condition, and my most recent CT scan showed my disease has worsened.

See Also: Last Shot: A Concert Photographer's Battle With Cancer

More »

Last Shot: Cancer Fatigue is Starting to Beat Me Down

Categories: Last Shot

self3-thumb-320x398.jpg
Lindsey Best
Andrew Youssef
[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his life, this series allows him to tell his story in his own words.]

I don't know if I have said it before, but I would like to reiterate that having cancer sucks. As I mentioned in last week's installment, I have been battling fatigue. I have had a good track record of completing my photo assignments in spite of having cancer. Most recently, I barely accomplished photographing metal legends Black Sabbath at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

See Also: Last Shot: A Concert Photographer's Battle With Cancer

More »

Last Shot: Nine Inch Nails Helps Me Find My Way Through Cancer Pain

Categories: Last Shot

self3-thumb-320x398.jpg
Lindsey Best
Andrew Youssef
[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his life, this series allows him to tell his story in his own words.]

Fatigue has been my worst enemy as of late. It seems like I can sleep for fourteen hours and still not feel properly rested. Over the last couple of weeks, my hemoglobin and hematocrit have been dropping, causing me to become anemic. Mentally I'm alert and have the will and desire to accomplish tasks but my body just can't handle the burden. Even when I walk around the house doing simple chores, I get winded.

See Also: Last Shot: A Concert Photographer's Battle With Cancer

More »

Last Shot: My Bloody Valentine Helps Me Forget the Pain of Cancer

Categories: Last Shot

self3-thumb-320x398.jpg
Lindsey Best
Andrew Youssef
[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his life, this series allows him to tell his story in his own words.]

These last couple of weeks have been difficult to say the least. It was painful to miss writing my column as I was basically bedridden for most of the week dealing with managing my pain and controlling my nausea and vomiting. I'm still losing weight which isn't a good sign and it feels like my resolve is weakening along with my body. It is very easy to lie in bed and take pain pills to mask the mental as well as physical pain.

See Also: Last Shot: A Concert Photographer's Battle With Cancer

More »
Loading...