After battling a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer found in the lymphatic system, guitarist Benjamin Curtis of New York sheogaze band School of Seven Bells has passed away. Diagnosed last February, the musician was pronounced dead at 35 on Sunday December 29, 2013 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Prior to forming School of Seven Bells with Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, he was also in UFOFU, Tripping Daisy, and Secret Machines.
Band issued the following statement
Last night, Dec. 29th 2013, we lost our friend and brother Benjamin Curtis to his fight against cancer.
While we had hoped to delay this announcement until a more suitable time when his friends and family could feel better prepared and settled to greet any correspondences from folks attempting to reach out, unfortunately the news has prematurely leaked. So we felt it would be appropriate to at least offer an official acknowledgement from us, in light of all the fans who loved and supported Benjamin and his music.
We kindly ask that his immediate family, friends & bandmates’ privacy be respected during this time, and that instead, any inquires, well wishes, or notes-of-consolation be sent through School of Seven Bells’ management, where it can be shared with them at the suitable time. They can be sent to a special e-mail address here: firstname.lastname@example.org
If relevant, further information will be made available through the suitable channels in the near future.
We can’t thank all of you who supported him and his music through the years enough. All of you who attended or participated in the various benefits in and around New York City over the past year since his diagnosis, and of course those who contributed and gave generously to help support him throughout that journey. You made it possible for all of us, and for him, to see how truly loved he was and how many lives he had touched through his music by your gestures. We will all miss this incredibly talented and rare person every day, but we are fortunate enough that he shared with us his music, and that is something that we can keep forever.
As a band, they have released three full-length albums. Watch their music for “Half Asleep” from their debut album Alpinisms below: