The Smithereens Lead Singer Pat DiNizio Passes Away at 62
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:30:30
Pat DiNizio, lead singer of The Smithereens has died, as confirmed by the other members of his band via social media. No other details of the situation surrounding his death have been released so far.
First formed in the 1980's, New Jersey-based The Smithereens were best known for radio hits like "A Girl Like You," "Only a Memory," "Blood and Roses," "Too Much Passion," "Top of the Pops" and "Miles From Nowhere," all of which were written by DiNizio, the band's main songwriter.
While DiNizio also released several solo records (beginning with 1997's Songs and Sounds), the band has remained together and active in recent years, though dates on their last US Tour was cancelled following "a bad fall in the home" for Pat (as explained via Facebook post on September 28), one which rather tragically also exclaimed that "Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated" and that the singer looked "forward to seeing you again in your town very soon".
DiNizio had been receiving care at his home in Scotch Plains, NJ and made his final post from there on Saturday, responding to messages of concern about his health with assurances that he was "receiving the best medical care and attention possible to repair the damage done to my neck and back in my recent falls".
The unexpected nature of his passing was underlined by his bandmates Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken, and Mike Mesaros as they released an official statement via their website and social media, saying:
"Today we mourn the loss of our friend, brother and bandmate Pat DiNizio.
Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll.
Our journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun. We grew up together. Little did we know that we wouldn't grow old together.
Goodbye Pat. Seems like yesterday.
Jimmy, Mike, Dennis."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff