April 20th, 2011
06:59 PM ET
TV On The Radio has confirmed via the band’s website that bassist Gerard Smith has passed away at the age of 36.
“We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer,” the group’s message says. “Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly.”
The band has also canceled upcoming tour stops in Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis and Denver. "There will be more information as it becomes available," the group adds.
TV On The Radio released its latest album, "Nine Types of Light," last week, and according to the New York Times, Smith was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly after they finished recording the disc.
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