Gerard Smith, R.I.P.
TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith passed away this morning after a battle with lung cancer, according to a statement on the band's official site. "We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer," read the statement. "Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly." Last month Smith, who had been a member of the band since 2005, announced that would be sitting out the tour promoting the band's new album, Nine Types Of Light, in order to battle the disease. (The band has canceled its next five shows on that tour.)