Gerard Smith of TV on the Radio dead from lung cancer at 34

gerard-smith-tv.jpgTV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith has died, the band confirms. He was only 34 and was diagnosed with lung cancer just over a month before his death.

"We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer," the statement reads. "Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly."

After a year-long musical hiatus, TV on the Radio recently released a new album, "Nine Types of Light," just a week before Smith's passing. They were touring with a replacement bassist as Smith sought treatment, but they have canceled five shows while the band grieves.

Smith had been part of the band since 2005.