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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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Chicagoray    

Naw, weed doesn't harm ya, just knocked off this brother 40 years too early. Keep it up Snoop, hopefully you be next bro...

1279 days ago
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nycashtangi    

thats not gerard u are pointing to in the picture thats jaleel bunton. gerard was my friend. please find the right photo.

1279 days ago
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yakta    

TV on the Radio Bassist Gerard Smith, 34, Dies >>
TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith died of lung cancer this morning, the band’s website confirms. Smith was 34 years old.
http://mayawap.com/?p=6530

1279 days ago
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GJ    

yo **** heads thats not him your pointing at. This is why news is dying because the douche bags at TMZ would rather copy and paste rather than do the research. Way to go idiots.

1279 days ago
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William Ragette    

I worked with Gerard 10 years ago at the Guggenheim. I took him to where I was staying at the time where we had an old beat up piano in the front room. I knew he was a musician, but when he sat down at that old thing and made this incredible rhythm and tones and music pour forth I was dumbfounded.

1279 days ago
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Criss    

How the the hell much did this dude smoke in order to die that friggin' young?

1279 days ago
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STARR C    

Damn way too young! RIP

1279 days ago
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AK    

Change the picture because that's not Gerrard! Disrespectful, much?

1279 days ago
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NYC2    

Please take down this posting immediately - and if you have any decency, you will apologize for your mistake. You are offending everyone who actually knew Gerard and not to mention Jaleel.

1279 days ago
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LLV    

MAY YOU REST IN PEACE!

1279 days ago
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gayle    

This is sad!! How many cigarettes was this dude smoking a day to die at 34 of Lung Cancer???? Seriously....what a waste!!!

1279 days ago
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ally    

Sad to hear. I love TV on the Radio. And he was so young. Much love to the group and their families.

1279 days ago
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NL    

No matter what he was too young!!! He was actually 36. He was in grade scoop with my husband!

1278 days ago
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NL    

Oops sorry...school...it annoys me when people don't check facts!

1278 days ago
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nycashtangi    

Gerard was a first responder volunteer during 9/11. I think this had more to do with his cancer than anything else.

1277 days ago

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