School of Seven Bells has confirmed the death of founding member Benjamin Curtis. The songwriter, who was battling with a rare form of lymphoma, died on Dec. 29 at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center in New York City. Curtis’ illness was announced last year, and several fundraisers were held for the songwriter by peers like Interpol and The Strokes. Curtis was 35 years old.
In addition to forming School of Seven Bells, Curtis first made his name by forming The Secret Machines in the early 2000s with his brother, Brandon. Benjamin Curtis would go on to form School of Seven Bells in 2007. The band would release three studio albums, the last being 2012’s Ghostory. Read the band’s full statement, via Facebook, below.
Last night, Dec. 29th 2013, we lost our friend and brother Benjamin Curtis to his fight against cancer.
While we had hoped to delay this announcement until a more suitable time when his friends and family could feel better prepared and settled to greet any correspondences from folks attempting to reach out, unfortunately the news has prematurely leaked. So we felt it would be appropriate to at least offer an official acknowledgement from us, in light of all the fans who loved and supported Benjamin and his music.
We kindly ask that his immediate family, friends & bandmates’ privacy be respected during this time, and that instead, any inquires, well wishes, or notes-of-consolation be sent through School of Seven Bells’ management, where it can be shared with them at the suitable time. They can be sent to a special e-mail address here: firstname.lastname@example.org
If relevant, further information will be made available through the suitable channels in the near future.
We can’t thank all of you who supported him and his music through the years enough. All of you who attended or participated in the various benefits in and around New York City over the past year since his diagnosis, and of course those who contributed and gave generously to help support him throughout that journey. You made it possible for all of us, and for him, to see how truly loved he was and how many lives he had touched through his music by your gestures. We will all miss this incredibly talented and rare person every day, but we are fortunate enough that he shared with us his music, and that is something that we can keep forever.