TV on the Radio’s Gerard Smith Passes Away

TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith has died following a short battle with lung cancer.

The band issued the following statement on their website:

“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, who was 34 years old, joined TV on the Radio in 2005. He played on the group’s 2006 album ‘Return to Cookie Mountain,’ 2008’s ‘Dear Science,’ and their new release, ‘Nine Types of Light.’

Due to their loss, TV on the Radio have canceled their five upcoming April shows.

Canceled Tour Dates:

April 20 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew Halls
April 22 – Chicago, IL – Metro
April 23 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
April 24 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
April 26 – Denver, CO – Ogden