Music just lost another talent. TV on the Radio bassist, Gerard Smith, died of lung cancer today, just a month after announcing that he'd be taking time off.
And at such a young age, too.
If you've never heard of the group, TV on the Radio is an art-rock group whose music crosses many genres. Walski discovered them not too long ago, and is now determined to get their complete catalog.
It's always sad when a musician passes on... may his soul rest in peace. Or better yet, jam with the many music greats in the great beyond...
(many thanks to TheLord Panda for the heads up on this loss)
Gerard Smith – TV on the Radio bassist – dies aged 34
TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith has died of lung cancer, only a month after announcing that he was taking time off from the US art rock band to get treatment.
The band cancelled five upcoming tour dates in Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis and Denver in support of their well-received fourth studio album Nine Types of Light, which debuted at No 12 in the Billboard charts.
Smith joined the group full time in 2005, just in time to record their album Return to Cookie Mountain, which saw them break through to mainstream success. A message posted on the band's website said he had been diagnosed with cancer after their latest album was finished. He was 34.
His death has been announced in a statement on the site.
Read more at www.guardian.co.uk
"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," reads the statement.