TV on the Radio Bassist Gerard Smith Has Lung Cancer
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:23:22
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TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith is battling lung cancer, according to a statement posted on the band's official website. Due to the illness and the receipt of treatment, Smith is being forced to sit out the band's forthcoming tour in support of their new album, Nine Types of Light, which lands on April 12th. The priority is getting better, so fans will fully understand the bassist's absence from the road for now!
The band posted the following message: "Upon the completion of Nine Types of Light, Gerard was diagnosed with lung cancer. As a result, he has been undergoing treatment and will be unable to participate in the upcoming tour. Gerard is fortunate enough to have health insurance and is receiving excellent medical care. 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."
Get well soon, Gerard! The music community is pulling for you. You are definitely lucky to have health insurance, since so many musicians don't and are therefore unable to receive proper medical care. We are VERY glad that you do!
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