Benjamin Curtis, singer and guitarist with School Of Seven Bells and previously Secret Machines, has died, aged 35.
In February 2013 it was announced that Curtis had been diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. The Dallas Observer now reports that he passed away on Sunday December 29 in New York.
Writing on the group’s Facebook page at the time, his School Of Seven Bells bandmate Alejandra Deheza wrote about the illness: “It developed pretty aggressively, and the chemotherapy to treat it will be pretty aggressive, but the good news is that it’s TREATABLE.”
Since then artists including Interpol’s Paul Banks and The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. have helped to raise funding for Curtis’ treatment.
School Of Seven Bells (pictured above, with former bandmate Claudia Deheza) released three albums, the most recent ‘Ghostory’ in 2012. Curtis left Secret Machines, the band he played in with his brother Brandon Curtis, in 2007. Before that he featured in group’s including UFOFU and Tripping Daisy.