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Gerard A. Smith

AP Photo/Robert E. Klein

Very sad news for music fans everywhere.

Gerard Smith, the bassist for TV on the Radio, died Wednesday morning after battling lung cancer, the band announced on its website, noting Smith's "courageous fight" against the disease. He was 36.

The Brooklyn-based rockers canceled their next five shows, including one scheduled for tonight in Detroit, in honor of their departed mate. "We will miss him terribly," they said.