In a recent interview with Larry King, actor Stephen Dorff opened up about the December death of his brother, Nashville songwriter Andrew Dorff.

During his interview on Larry King Now, Stephen Dorff revealed that his brother, who was 40 years old, died following an incident while he was vacationing in Turks and Caicos.

"We don't know officially, but there was some drinking involved, there was a Jacuzzi involved, and there was water involved," Dorff tells King. "Andrew was splashing around ... and somebody spotted him laying on his back, not moving.

"They brought him onto the beach, some stuff happened, and I don't really -- can't really -- get into the particulars," he continues, "but all I know is, my brother should be here, and he should be enjoying his success."

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Andrew Dorff died on Dec. 19, just three days after celebrating his 40th birthday. A writer with Universal Music Publishing Group, Dorff spent a decade in Los Angeles writing and touring as an artist himself, then moved to Nashville in 2003 to focus on songwriting full-time. His best-known songs include Blake Shelton‘s “My Eyes” and “Neon Light,” Kenny Chesney‘s “Save It for a Rainy Day” and Hunter Hayes‘ “Somebody’s Heartbreak” — all No. 1 songs. He is also one of the writers of Rascal Flatts' newest single, "Yours If You Want It."

"We've been listening to it a lot lately," Stephen Dorff says of the Flatts single, "because this is a bittersweet one for me."

Andrew Dorff was originally from LA, but visited Nashville often throughout his life, as his father is Stephen “Steve” Dorff Sr., the award-winning songwriter behind tunes such as George Strait‘s “I Cross My Heart.” The Nashville music community remembered Andrew Dorff with a celebration of life event at Music City's City Winery in early January.

"What a beautiful community ...," Stephen Dorff tells King. "I didn't really understand what my brother knew as a community of songwriting."

Stephen Dorff plays a country singer in the new film Wheeler, which also features Kris Kristofferson. Together with his brother, he co-wrote a song for the film, “Pour Me Out of This Town.”

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