“TV On The Radio” bassist, Gerard Smith, sadly passed away after a short battle against lung cancer on Wednesday morning (April 20). The 34 year-old bassist, who joined the group in 2005, was diagnosed with cancer after recording their latest album “Nine Types Of Light”, which was released on April 11th.
“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 band announced Gerard was diagnosed with lung cancer back in March. They wrote at the time:
“Upon the completion of ‘Nine Types of Light’, Gerard was diagnosed with lung cancer. As a result, he has been undergoing treatment and will be unable to participate in the upcoming tour.”
“Gerard is fortunate enough to have health insurance and is receiving excellent medical care. Already we have seen dramatic results. Combine that with Gerard’s legendarily willful disposition and it might just be cancer that has the problem. We appreciate your concern and support for Gerard and his family.”
TV On The Radio has cancelled five upcoming tour stops (Detroit, Chicago, two in Minneapolis and Denver between April 20 and April 26) as they mourn the loss of their bassist.
R.I.P. Gerard Smith.