Gerard Smith, who played bass for the Brooklyn-based band TV on the Radio, has died today after a battle with lung cancer. He was 36 years old. The sad news arrived this afternoon via the band's website, which posted this brief note:
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.
Smith joined the band in 2005, and played on its three most recent albums, including Nine Types of Light, which was released last week. In March, the band announced via its website that Smith had been diagnosed with lung cancer after the album was finished. Though his bandmates were touring to support Nine Types of Light, Smith had stayed home to receive treatment. Upcoming concerts in Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis and Denver have been canceled.