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Death Of ‘TV on the Radio’ Bassist Comes Week After Album’s Release

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Death Of 'TV on the Radio' Bassist Comes Week After Album's Release

Gerard Smith of TV on the Radio died April 20, 2011, of lung cancer. (AP Photo/Interscope Records, Michael Lavine)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) – ‘TV on the Radio’ has canceled some upcoming tour dates because of the death of its bassist Gerard Smith of lung cancer on Wednesday.

The band has canceled its next five live shows in Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis and Denver. The band lists its April 29th & 30th show at the Independent in San Francisco as its next live date to promote a new album that came out just last week.

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Multi-instrumentalist Jaleel Bunton had been filling in on bass for Smith (and playing keyboards) during his absence and Jahphet Landis has been behind the drums as recently as last week.

‘Nine Types of Light,’ TV on the Radio’s fifth studio album – and the third to feature Smith – was released last week.

On the band’s homepage is the following statement: “We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer. Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly.”

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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