TV on the Radio's Gerard Smith passes away

Gerard Smith, the bass player for TV on the Radio, passed away this morning, just a month after the band revealed that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Smith was not performing with the band on the most recent leg of their tour, which brought them to Toronto last night.

"We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer," the band posted on their website. "Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly."

TV on the Radio was slated to perform two sold-out shows at First Avenue this weekend, and those shows were canceled today, along with three other dates on their tour.

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