Camera Obscura’s Carey Lander 1982-2015 R.I.P.


Lloyd, and the rest of us, are utterly heartbroken. Much-loved singer/keyboardist for the Scottish band was only 33.

By Fred Mills

We’re used to reporting music world deaths here at BLURT – increasingly, and sadly, so — but when it’s someone so young it is, without a doubt, unnerving. This latest passing was only 33. Scotland’s Camera Obscura’s Carey Lander passed away the other morning, Oct. 11, from bone cancer (osteosarcoma), having been diagnosed 4 years ago. According to England’s The Independent Lander “was able to continue with the band despite her illness until August, when she decided to concentrate on attempting to recover. The band subsequently took a break and cancelled scheduled gigs.”

During that time, in August Lander set up a Just Giving page for Sarcoma UK, a cancer charity society, raising £56,000. Posting to the page, Lander had written, “It’s probably too late to help me, but it would be great if we could find something in the future that means children don’t have to undergo such awful treatment and have a better chance of survival.”

It’s impossible to read that and not feel, in some way, shattered. Lander’s bravery and determination, though, will be honored, because according to Camera Obscura’s Facebook page,

“It is with the greatest sadness, that we must share the news that Carey passed away peacefully this morning after her illness with cancer. We have lost our friend and band mate, and our deepest sympathy goes out to her partner Kenny, and to all her family and friends.

“She was touched by the way you all got behind her campaign for Sarcoma UK and you can still donate here:

“We shall be continuing to help promote the campaign on her behalf.

“She was left in no doubt how much you all loved and appreciated her, and we’d like to thank you all for the support and kind words you have been sending to us and her. The band, our music, and all of you who have enjoyed it over the years, meant so much to her.

“Thank you all, Tracyanne, Gavin, Kenny and Lee x”


Amen. Below, some music. Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Camera Obscura family, and to Lander’s family and friends.

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