Last month we found out that [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]TV on the Radio[/lastfm] bassist Gerard Smith had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Today we learned the sad news that Smith died earlier this morning following his battle with the disease.
“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.”
Smith, who was only 34, has been with the band since 2005, and he became an official member with the 2008 release of the TV on the Radio album Dear Science.
In light of Smith’s death, the following shows have 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