Bassist Gerard loses fight against lung cancer at 34, just weeks after his bandmates said they believed he’d pull through

Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith was 34

TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith has died of lung cancer, just a month after it was announced he was fighting the disease. He was 34.

His bandmates posted a brief statement announcing his death and promised more information in the days to come.

It was only revealed Smith was fighting the disease last month. At the time the band said: “Gerard is fortunate to have health insurance and is received excellent medical care. Already we have seen dramatic results – combine that with his legendary wilful disposition and it might just be cancer that has the problem.”

Now they’ve said: “We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend, following a courageous fight, Gerard passed away on the morning of April 20. We will miss him terribly.”

They’d been touring without him, but have now cancelled the five dates remaining of their current US tour in support of recent album Nine Types of Light.

TV on the Radio formed 11 years ago and Smith joined in 2005, playing keyboards, guitar and sitar alongside his bass and vocal duties. He recently revealed how he was astonished to remain in the band six years on, saying: “I just never took it seriously – I never imagined this is a position I would be in.”

Co-founder Dave Sitek recently worked with Jane’s Addiction on their upcoming album.

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