Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has died of cancer. He was 27.
Fekete was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer in 2015. It spread to his lungs and spine, forcing Fekete to leave Surfer Blood halfway through a tour in April 2015.
His death was announced by Fekete’s wife Jess on the GoFundMe page which the couple used to fund the guitarist’s medical care. Interpol, Yoko Ono, Yo La Tengo, Real Estate and Guided By Voices were among those who auctioned off unreleased music on Fekete’s GoFundMe page to help with his treatment.
Surfer Blood formed in Florida, releasing debut single ‘Swim’ in 2009. Their first album ‘Astro Coast’ followed in 2010, before ‘Pythons’ in 2013 and ‘1000 Palms’ in 2015. Fekete played on all three albums, before releasing solo cassette-only album ‘Burner’ in December 2015.
His widow Jess wrote: “I am full of comfort knowing that Thomas is now free and I long for the day that I get to be with him again.” She added that she will host a celebration of Fekete’s life on the beach in South Florida over the weekend of July 1, which would have been his 28th birthday. She said: “I invite anyone who holds Thomas in their hearts to please join me in celebrating him.”
Jess concluded: “Thomas John Fekete, I love you and live for you. Nothing will make me more proud than being able to call myself your wife. Now, my beautiful angel, go find Bowie and jam.”