Jean Flowers, mother of Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, passed away last Thursday in Nevada after a two-year battle with brain cancer. She was 64.
The Killers had canceled several recent tour dates in Australia and Asia "due to the severity of the illness of a close family member," but the exact situation had remained undisclosed until late last week. An obituary in the Las Vegas Review-Journal (via Spinner), posted on February 13, confirmed the sad news.
Memorial services were held earlier this week in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, and Mrs. Flowers' body was laid to rest yesterday. She's survived by her husband, Terry, six children, 20 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Despite Mrs. Flowers' illness, the Killers had planned to perform this coming weekend at Australia's Good Vibrations festival, and those tour dates still appear on the band's website, which was last updated February 15.
In the midst of the nixed gigs, a planned hiatus after their current run of concerts, and reports in 2009 that the band was "sick of the sight of each other," rumors of the band's demise began to circulate. However, the official line from the Killers camp remains firm: "[T]here are no plans for an indefinite hiatus."