Tom Searle, the guitarist in Brighton band Architects, has died aged 28.
He had been living with cancer for more than three years. Searle passed away yesterday (August 20).
Dan Searle, the band’s drummer and the guitarist’s twin brother, posted the news on Facebook, as the Guardian reports. He wrote: “It is with unbelievable pain and sadness that I have to announce that at around twelve minutes past midnight on 20 August my amazing brother, Tom, passed away after living with cancer for more than three years.
“He was an incredible songwriter and guitarist. He was my closest and oldest friend. He was a funny, intelligent and sweet man and he leaves an enormous void in all of our lives.”
The drummer said his brother had missed shows for the last 15 months due to “various surgeries that he had to have to treat the cancer” and revealed a European festival tour and US headline tour were cancelled because Tom was taken to hospital and placed in a medically induced coma.
“Doctors told us that it was unlikely that they’d ever be able to wake him,” Dan wrote. “Five days later, against all the odds, he was awake again, and in a few short days following that, myself and Tom cancelled the air ambulance that was due to take him home and we got the Eurostar train home. Classic Tom Searle.
“He spent the last 2 months of his life fighting with everything he had to overcome the disease once and for all, and things appeared to be moving in the right direction, but in the last 2 weeks it suddenly took a turn for the worse and finally he left us,” Dan added.
He said the future of the band was currently not decided, saying “the band will never be the same and there is simply no denying it.” However, he confirmed the group would tour latest album ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’.
“We will be going to Australia in a few weeks and we will be doing our UK and European headline tour in October and November. We hope that these shows will be an opportunity for everyone out there to show their respects to my wonderful brother. It won’t be easy for us to get on stage and play every night without him, but its something that we must do.
“We want to carry on, that is important to say, and we will strive to do so, but we will not release any music unless we truly believe that it is something that Tom would have been proud of. Whether or not we can achieve that is something that we will have to discover in time.”
The drummer said his twin was cared for at the Martlets hospice in Hove and a Just Giving page had been set up where fans would be able to donate to the hospice in Tom’s memory.
Architects formed in 2004 and have released seven albums, including this year’s ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’.