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TV On The Radio's Gerard Smith diagnosed with lung cancer

Bassist will miss live dates as he is treated for disease

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TV On The Radio bassist Gerard Smith has been diagnosed with lung cancer, the band have announced today (March 15).

Smith was diagnosed with the disease after the band finished recording their April-bound new album 'Nine Types Of Light'.

As a result, he will not be able to tour with the band this summer. He will miss planned dates across the US and Europe, including a slot at London's Wireless Festival in July.

The band posted a statement on their official website, Tvontheradio.com, detailing the situation.

"Upon the completion of 'Nine Types of Light', Gerard was diagnosed with lung cancer," they wrote. "As a result, he has been undergoing treatment and will be unable to participate in the upcoming tour."

They added: "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."

'Nine Types Of Light' is due out on April 11.

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