Country songwriter Andrew Dorff, behind hits for Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes, dies at 40

Country music songwriter Andrew Dorff, who penned several hits in recent years for Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes and others, has died, according to Universal Music Publishing Group and other industry sources. He was 40.

Dorff's cause of death has not been released. According to the Miami-Dade medical examiner's office, the songwriter died Monday night. A spokesperson told The Tennessean that no other information would be made available, pending an investigation.

Dorff was the son of songwriter Steve Dorff and the brother of actor Stephen Dorff.

As a songwriter for UMPG Nashville, Dorff's songs have been recorded by numerous household names, including Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell. Recent No. 1 hits included Kenny Chesney's "Save It for a Rainy Day," Hayes' "Somebody's Heartbreak" and Shelton's ""

A look back at Andrew Dorff

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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 25: Co-writer Andrew Dorff attends the Hunter Hayes & BMI Nashville - No. 1 Song Celebration For 'Somebody's Heartbreak' at BMI on June 25, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMI)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 25: Co-writer Luke Laird, Hunter Hayes and co-writer Andrew Dorff attend the Hunter Hayes & BMI Nashville - No. 1 Song Celebration For 'Somebody's Heartbreak' at BMI on June 25, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMI)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 31: Musicians Eric Basley, Troy Verges, Hunter Hayes and Andrew Dorff attend the Film & TV Mixer at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on March 31, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/ACMA2012/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 25: Front row: Co-writer Luke Laird, Hunter Hayes and co-writer Andrew Dorff. Back Row: Clay Bradley and Jody Williams of NMI Nashville attend the Hunter Hayes & BMI Nashville - No. 1 Song Celebration For 'Somebody's Heartbreak' at BMI on June 25, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMI)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 30: Andrew Dorff and Steve Dorff attend the 60th annual BMI Country awards at BMI on October 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
Andrew Dorff, Stephen Dorff (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 13: Andrew Dorff, vocal, performs during Crossing Border Festival at the Congres gebouw in the Hague, Netherlands on 13th September 1997. (Photo by Frans Schellekens/Redferns)
Stephen Dorff and Brother Andrew Dorff (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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"Sad to be finding out about Andrew Dorff passing away," Shelton said on Twitter. "Terrible tragedy. Prayers to his family."

"Andrew Dorff was family to all of us at UMPG Nashville," said Kent Earls, evp/gm, Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville. "We're completely heartbroken and saddened. His words will forever live in song and his light will forever shine on. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve and the rest of the Dorff family."

Universal Music Publishing Group chairman and CEO Jody Gerson remembered how it was Dorff's father who introduced the young writer to her when he was in his early 20's. "We lost him too soon," Gerson said. "My heart sincerely goes out to his family and all the people who loved him."

Nashville Songwriters Association International also confirmed the news. "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."

Listen to music that Dorff wrote:


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