With just weeks until the release of their new album 'Nine Types of Light' on April 8th, TV On The Radio have revealed the bad news that bassist Gerard Smith has been diagnosed and is being treated for lung cancer.

Despite the unpleasant situation, the band made the announcement with good humour and positivity, stating "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."

Because of his treatment, Smith will not be able to join the rest of the band on tour in support of the new album.

Meanwhile TVOTR are offering new single 'Caffeinated Consciousness' as a free download from www.tvontheradio.com.