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Gerard Smith of TV on the Radio, RIP

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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