Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens dies at age 62
Pat DiNizio, the lead singer and guitarist for '80s power rockers The Smithereens, passed away Tuesday, the band announced overnight. He was 62.
"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," the band wrote on its Facebook page. "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."
Acccording to Tampabay.com, DiNizio had suffered nerve damage in recent years after a series of falls. Earlier in 2017, another fall caused neck and back injuries and the band was forced to cancel a series of concerts, including a performance at the inaugural 80s in the Sand festival in the Dominican Republic.
Founded in New Jersey in 1980, The Smithereens found modest chart success in the late '80s and early '90s with tunes such as Blood and Roses, Only a Memory and A Girl Like You. The band broke up and reunited over the years, with DiNizio always proclaiming a love for the music and the profession.