TV on the Radio’s Gerard Smith Battling Cancer

TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

The band revealed the news on their website, stating, “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.”

TV on the Radio’s forthcoming studio album ‘Nine Types of Light’ is set for release on April 12 through Interscope Records. The band (sans Smith) will kick off their upcoming tour on April 8 in Philadelphia.