On Tuesday night, the lead singer of the rock n’ roll band “The Smithereens” passed away. Pat DiNizio died at 62 and the cause of death has not yet been revealed.
DiNizio was born and raised in New Jersey. He began playing guitar, singing, and writing songs for “The Smithereens” in 1980. The band was best known for their hits, “Girls About Town,” “Beauty and Sadness,” “Strangers When We Met,” and “Blood and Roses.”
Late Tuesday night, the band revealed the news about their friend and bandmate’s death.
They said, “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens - America’s Band.”
According to NY Daily, the singer had a series of health problems throughout his life. In 2015, DiNizio lost the complete use of his right arm and hand.
Just this year, DiNizio’s ongoing health problems caused the band to have to cancel three different tour dates. The lead singer had fallen and had hurt his back and his neck. The tour was recently moved to January 13.
The band said, “Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers.”
A Count Basie theater rep said, “We are heartbroken at the news that Pat DiNizio has passed away. He is one of many who championed rock and roll and helped put New Jersey on the map as a destination for so much sound. He will be missed by those of us in the business, his peers, his friends and fans, Godspeed :(.”
Please be praying for DiNizio’s friends and family during this difficult time. Share your prayers on Facebook. In other breaking news, a 1960s actress just passed away from cancer.