Gerard Smith, bassist and keyboard player for the Brooklyn-based indie art rock band TV on the Radio, has died of lung cancer.
The band released a short statement on their website that reads:
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 following shows will be 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
There will be more information as it becomes available.
Smith was a member of the band for their past three albums, "Return to Cookie Mountain," "Dear Science" and the brand new "Nine Types of Light," released just last week.
The band announced Smith was sick just last month, releasing a statement on their website.
"He has been undergoing treatment and will be unable to participate in the upcoming tour. Gerard is fortunate enough to have health insurance and is receiving excellent medical care. Already we have seen dramatic results. Combine that with Gerard's legendarily willful disposition and it might just be cancer that has the problem. We appreciate your concern and support for Gerard and his family."