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TV On The Radio's Bassist -- Dead at 34

4/20/2011 5:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gerard Smith -- bassist for TV On The Radio -- died today at the age of 34 after battling lung cancer.

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The band released the news on its website, saying ... "We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer. We will miss him terribly."

The band just told fans a month ago that Smith had cancer.

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