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R.I.P. TV on the Radio’s Gerard Smith

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Sad news for music fans. TV on the Radio bassist, Gerard Smith, has died, succumbing to a battle with lung cancer. He was only thirty-four. According to a statement on the band's website,

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.

His tragic passing comes just weeks after the release of the band's fourth studio album, Nine Types of Light. Gerard, however announced in March that he'd be taking time off to focus on cancer treatment. He had been an integral member of the group since 2005 and greatly contributed to the band's ambitious and atmospheric sound.

TV on the Radio have understandably just canceled the next five dates on their nationwide tour. As far as we know, they will play the remaining shows as scheduled. Our thoughts go out to Smith's family and friends.