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    Fri, 03 Jan 2014 08:15:55

    Musician Benjamin Curtis Dead at 35 - He had cancer

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    • School of Seven Bells - NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15:  Musicians Alejandra Deheza and Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells pose on the runway at the Levi's Fall 2012 Global Collection Presentation at 82 Mercer on February 15, 2012 in New York City.
    • School of Seven Bells - NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Benjamin Curtis and Alejandra Deheza of School of Seven Bells perform as Treasure & Bond and Nicholas K Unite for Fashion's Night Out at Treasure & Bond on September 8, 2011 in New York City.
    • School of Seven Bells - WOODFORD, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30:  Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells performs on stage during the Splendour in the Grass festival at Woodfordia on July 30, 2010 in Woodford, Australia.

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    School of Seven Bells and Secret Machines guitarist Benjamin Curtis has died. He was just 35. The musician passed away on Sunday, December 29. He was battling lymphatic cancer. The Oklahoma native made his name in Dallas, starting Secret Machines there, as well as UFOFU and was drummer for Tripping Daisy in the late 90's.

    School of Seven Bells, who posted the news of his passing on their Facebook page this week.

    Their post is as follows, unedited.

    "Last night, Dec. 29th 2013, we lost our friend and brother Benjamin Curtis to his fight against cancer. While we had hoped to delay this announcement until a more suitable time when his friends and family could feel better prepared and settled to greet any correspondences from folks attempting to reach out, unfortunately the news has prematurely leaked. We can't thank all of you who supported him and his music through the years enough. All of you who attended or participated in the various benefits in and around New York City over the past year since his diagnosis, and of course those who contributed and gave generously to help support him throughout that journey. You made it possible for all of us, and for him, to see how truly loved he was and how many lives he had touched through his music by your gestures."

    "We will all miss this incredibly talented and rare person every day, but we are fortunate enough that he shared with us his music, and that is something that we can keep forever."


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