TVOTR's Gerard Smith Battling Lung Cancer

Gerard Smith / Shot for SPIN's January 2009 cover story by Nicolas Moore
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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."

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