TV on the Radio’s bassist and keyboard player, Gerard Smith, has died of lung cancer.
On their official website, Gerard’s bandmates posted a statement.
“We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer,” the statement reads. “Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly.”
The band also posted a list of shows that have now been 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
Just last month, TV on The Radio announced Gerard was sick on a statement on their website.
“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.”