Broadcast’s Trish Keenan 1968-2011 RIP.


Gifted frontwoman dies
from pneumonia complications.


By Fred Mills


Word began getting out yesterday on blogs and on Twitter
that Trish Keenan, frontwoman for feisty UK outfit Broadcast, who recorded for
such indie tastemakers as Wurlitzer Jukebox, Duophonic and Warp, had been
hospitalized and was in critical condition. Sad news arrived this morning when
Warp posted the following statement on their website:



“It is with great
sadness we announce that Trish Keenan from Broadcast passed away at 9am this
morning in hospital. She died from complications with pneumonia after battling
the illness for two weeks in intensive care. Our thoughts go out to James,
Martin, her friends and her family and we request that the public respect their
wishes for privacy at this time. This is an untimely tragic loss and we will
miss Trish dearly – a unique voice, an extraordinary talent and a beautiful
human being. Rest in Peace.”


Initial reports suggested that Keenan had contracted H1N1
while on tour and that the swine flu in term led to pneumonia, but that info
has been removed from a couple of the websites now, so that may have all been
speculative. Keenan was reportedly 42 at the time of her death, Jan. 14.


The band had been operative since the mid ‘90s and issued a
string of well-received albums, notably 2000’s The Noise Made by People and 2005’s Tender Buttons. Their last release appeared in 2009, Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age,
which featured Julian House’s Focus Group collaborating with Keenan and co-founding
member James Cargill. More recently, they performed at the May 2010 All
Tomorrow’s Parties curated by Matt Groening.


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