TV On The Radio bassist Gerard Smith, 34, has died of lung cancer, according to a statement on the band’s website.
It was announced in early 2011 that Smith was diagnosed with lung cancer, but the band released a statement saying he had health insurance and was in good hands. In the wake of his treatment, Smith sat out the band’s current tour in support of their recent record, Nine Types of Light.
“We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer,” said a statement on the band’s website. “Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly.”
The band has cancelled the next five dates of their current tour:
-20 – Detroit, Mich. @ St. Andrew Hall
22 – Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
23 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
24 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
26 – Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theatre-