R.I.P. TV on the Radio’s Gerard Smith

Yesterday, TV On The Radio released a statement confirming that bassist, Gerard Smith, had died of cancer. The news that he had been diagnosed surfaced only a month ago, and reports at the time had been positive.

Any premature death is a tragedy, but the passing of this relatively young musician in this way will only add an unwelcome level of poignancy to their latest release, Nine Types of Light which has garnered typically gushing reviews almost across the board. In a statement released on TV On The Radio’s official website, the band said “we will miss him terribly.”

Currently their only UK date, at Wireless Festival on the 3rd of July remains in place.