RIP: Gerard Smith, TV On The Radio (1977-2011)

20 Apr

Last month, TV On The Radio announced days before their scheduled SXSW dates that bassist Gerard Smith was battling lung cancer and would not be playing with them.

Now, little over a month later, the band have announced that Smith, 33, has lost his battle to cancer.

We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer. Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly.

This terrible news comes only a week after their latest effort, Nine Types of Light, was released. It was the third album Smith recorded with the band.

The band has announced that the following shows will be cancelled:

4/20 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew Halls
4/22 – Chicago IL @ Metro
4/23 – Minneapolis MN @ First Ave
4/24 – Minneapolis MN @ First Ave
4/26 – Denver CO @ Ogden

More information will be available as it becomes available on the official TV On The Radio website.

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