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TVOTR’s Gerard Smith Battling Lung Cancer

The bassist is undergoing treatment for disease, and will not be joining the band for upcoming tour.

Kevin O'Donnell // March 14, 2011

Sad news: TV on the Radio’s Gerard Smith has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is undergoing treatment for the disease, the band posted on their website. A spokesperson confirmed the news but did not offer additional details.

According to the statement, Smith was diagnosed with lung cancer after completing the group’s upcoming album Nine Types of Light (due April 12), and he will not be joining TVOTR for this week’s SXSW shows or their upcoming tour, which begins April 8 in Philadelphia.

“Gerard is fortunate to have health insurance and is receiving excellent medical care,” the band wrote. “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.”