Bassist for acclaimed
band had been battling lung cancer.
By Blurt Staff
Gerard Smith, bassist for TV on the Radio, passed away
yesterday, April 20, due to lung cancer. He was 34.
A member of the band since 2005, Smith was on hand during
TVOTR’s key ascent, notably 2006’s Return
to Cooking Mountain and 2008’s Dear
Science. About a month ago, following completion of sessions for the new
album Nine Types of Light, Smith’s
illness was announced.
In a statement posted today at the TVOTR website, the band
indicated that a string of upcoming shows had been cancelled and added the
“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 will resume the tour April 29 in San Francisco.