Guitarist Gerard Smith died this morning at the age of 34.
Smith revealed he had been diagnosed lung cancer earlier this year, dropping out of the band’s summer tour for treatment.
The band’s website had posted recently, “Already we have seen dramatic results. Combine that with Gerard’s legendarily willful (sic) disposition and it might just be cancer that has the problem.”
But sadly Gerard passed away on Wednesday morning.
The band posted a statement today, writing, “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.”
TV on the Radio has canceled some tour dates as they mourn the passing of their bandmate and friend.
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