TV On The Radio just announced that bass player Gerard Smith passed away this morning. In March, the band confirmed that Smith had been diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 34 years old. The announcement from their website reads:
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.
The following shows will be cancelled:
- April 20 St. Andrew Halls, Detroit MI
- April 22 Metro, Chicago IL
- April 23 First Ave, Minneapolis MN
- April 24 First Ave, Minneapolis MN
- April 26 Ogden, Denver CO
There will be more information as it becomes available.