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Gerard Smith @ 2009 Roots Picnic (more by Tim Griffin)
Gerard Smith

TV on the Radio posted the following message to their 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.

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.

It was first announced back in March that...
"Upon the completion of Nine Types of Light, Gerard was diagnosed with lung cancer. As a result, 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."
Rest in Peace Gerard.

TV on the Radio's tour resumes April 29th in San Francisco. It previously hit both Radio City Music Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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Comments (61)

horrible news... Gerard RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 4:46 PM

sad.

Posted by boardmix | April 20, 2011 4:46 PM

too young. support your local cancer research this easter season. screw your church.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 4:49 PM

People were complaining about the TVoTR performances at both MHoW and Radio City.

They probably knew how bad off he was and distracted.

Sucks to be taken like that so young. Don't smoke kids.

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 4:49 PM

wow...that's awful, RIP gerard

Posted by Slob | April 20, 2011 4:49 PM

I had the privilege of seeing him live a few summers back... My heart goes out to his family, RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 4:50 PM

"He must've finally listened to the new album."

I'd love to see the things people say about you after you die. Show some respect.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 4:51 PM

so sad, cancer sucks

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 4:52 PM

RIP Brother. Thank you for your inspiration.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 4:52 PM

Wolf Like Me is the song of the day. R.I.P.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 4:57 PM

@4.49

Fuck you, you fucking asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 5:03 PM

Terrible Terrible News. Rip. See you at the crossroads.

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | April 20, 2011 5:04 PM

Got to meet before a show once. Really friendly dude. It's a sad day for sure.

RIP!

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 5:07 PM

"He must've finally listened to the new album."

Wow, you stooped really low to make a joke that was not even funny.

Posted by Venkman | April 20, 2011 5:07 PM

Were any of you guys at that LCD Soundsystem show @ MSG? Man, that was off the chain.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 5:08 PM

Very, very sad news. Truly a great musician. RIP. Please show respect to his family & friends.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 5:09 PM


Listening to the new album in the office. He was a great guy, supportive, genuine.

Posted by Panache | April 20, 2011 5:14 PM

Man, what could be more punk rock than making anonymous shitty ironic comments about someone who's just died of lung cancer? So so hardcore.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 5:15 PM

That's so sad. Condolences to any friends/family who happen upon this post. TVOR helped me get through the Bush years.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 5:18 PM

seriously. who the fuck jokes about someone dying? regardless who they are or what they did. they're someone's son/daughter/brother/sister/mom/dad, etc.

hey, 4:49, go get cancer you sick fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 5:20 PM

Horrible news. Will jump around to Local H's "Wolf Like Me" cover tonight in your honor.

Posted by J | April 20, 2011 5:25 PM

Please stop commenting on negativity. Let it get buried.

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 5:28 PM

To young. RIP. God Speed.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 5:30 PM

such sad news. another amazing talent gone too soon.

RIP Gerard

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 5:37 PM

This is a crying shame, and it's even more sad/ ironic that it happened on a day so celebrated for smoking. Seriously re-evaluating my lifestyle right now, Gerard. Add that on to the years of beautiful music and the world is better off for having known you. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 5:54 PM

I'm assuming it was mainly cigarette smoking that caused this...unless you guys no otherwise?

Anyways, RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 6:00 PM

Way too young. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 6:06 PM

bummer. :(

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 6:10 PM

fucking awful. oh my god. thinking of you, gerard.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 6:14 PM

TVOTR at the summerstage was one of the best shows ive ever been to and he helped make that show so amazing

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 6:55 PM

@6:55 my thoughts exactly.

I always loved how Gerard would keep himself as understated as possible at live shows. Summerstage was incredible and TVOTR won't be the same without Gerard.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 7:02 PM

This sucks so much :-(

Posted by Tom | April 20, 2011 7:12 PM

Really sad to hear this...RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 7:48 PM

Thanks to Gerard & TVOTR for many years now of genuine, passionate, amazing music & inspiration. Condolences all around. Wishing strength to the band & those close.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 7:50 PM

My heart is broken...rest in peace Gerard!

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 7:50 PM

6:00pm - lung cancer afflicts many young (and old) non-smokers, even occurring before one reaches 30 (in most of these cases researchers suspect a genetic predisposition). If smoking were a main contributer, cancer would likely not have manifested itself so early. People often associate the two, and for that reason lung cancer is not given as much attention with respect to funding for research.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 7:57 PM

Will forever remember your beautiful rumbling sub bass. Such a loss .

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 8:17 PM

I'm guessing that he gave everything he had left in him to play those last shows. Hardly knew the guy but saw him around a lot and he was so friendly and kind. Not something you see too often. It's so sad. I hope he didn't have to suffer.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 8:26 PM

god speed, you black emperor

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 8:33 PM

Wow. I went to college with him and he was an awesome man! Always giving...never taking. Wish I got a chance to say goodbye. Was so happy for him and his success. RIP Gerard! You were and always will hold a special place in my heart!

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 8:37 PM

How young a man was he?

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 8:45 PM

34. i love you gerard. : (

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 9:29 PM

It's always sad to see someone go so young.

But it'll never happen to you, right?

Light-up, Hipsters - it makes you look "cool" (and smell great)!

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 9:34 PM

My heart goes out to his little boy. Rest in peace, Gerard. You were truly a class act.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 10:40 PM

RIP.. pray his family and loved ones are peace as well..

I doubt it was cigarette smoke.. he was too young.. even if he smoked since teenage years.. more than likely he had a fast growing rare cancer.. there are various forms of lung cancer that affect people that have never smoked..

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 11:04 PM

Cancer Killed the TV on the Radio Star.


rip

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 12:11 AM

RIP, sad to see someone talented die young, lung cancer develops differently in different people and for different reasons triggered by carcinogens found in the air, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, burnt food, and many other sources, marijuana smoke isn't carcinogenic, the important thing is he was a great musician and guy and will be missed

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 12:27 AM

"marijuana smoke isn't carcinogenic"

That's a pretty dumb statement, because it really is, but you're right in thinking that there isn't much if any conclusive evidence linking Marijuana smoke to Cancer. It still does a lot of damage to the lungs though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 12:53 AM

Cancer is proof there is no god. Seriously, what a dumb fucking thing to exist.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 1:27 AM

Shocking...i saw them in 2004 live and he was playing with them on stage then, so he was with them before '05. Cancer is such a horrible disease...loving thoughts go out to his friends and family.

Posted by Brahmantotem | April 21, 2011 1:50 AM

I recently saw Gerard and his baby out at the McCarrin Park track. It was a couple of months ago...he was jogging. It's so bizarre to think that a person could be ill and not realize it. I'm so sad for his family, and hope we can one day find a cure for this insanely harsh disease.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 2:21 AM

It only castles burning

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 2:25 AM

So sorry.....R.I.P

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 9:26 AM

"Cancer is proof there is no god. Seriously, what a dumb fucking thing to exist."

Finally there is proof! Can we all stop pretending now?

Also, RIP Gerard.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 9:30 AM

Terrible news, rest in peace.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 9:35 AM

gerard smith is the grandmaster dudes.
follow this guy anytime.
you will learn too much !

Posted by Keçiören Nakliyat | April 21, 2011 10:52 AM

RIP to a talented musician who could slay the beat with his dub-inspired to punk style of bass playing and then smoothly transition to shreadding on flamenco guitar.

Since it appeared he was in good health as recent as late last month doing promos with the band to the show @ Radio City last week where it didn't appear his conditioned worsened, perhaps he caught pneumonia, which is a complication of lung cancer?

Posted by b.LOUD | April 21, 2011 5:38 PM

sincere condolences.

although i understand this is a private matter, it would be nice to hear a few more details, versus speculation, down the road. are the causes known? did he smoke? what? for how long? previous jobs? did he grow up in a rural or urban environment? and so much more. so many keep people keep dying from cancer and especially recently i know of a few in their 30's and then that's it, end of story. it may sound ridiculous but i wish these tragedies could be thoroughly investigated. it's not enough to say, 'shouldn't smoke.'

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 6:50 PM

@5:38 Sorry, my mistake. Gerard WASN'T @ Radio City with the band. Thought I saw him.

Posted by b.LOUD | April 21, 2011 6:55 PM

"He must've finally listened to the new album."

This place is such a shit hole... even here, in this post, there's some douche-bag dropping negative vibes. Man, fuck off and have some respect.

Posted by Wall | April 22, 2011 12:38 AM

FACT: for the record: Gerard Smith was a 1st responder volunteer during 9/11. I believe his cancer had more to do with that than with anything else. He was also my friend. One of the best friends any person could hope to have.

Posted by marymary | April 22, 2011 5:51 PM

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