This blogger was stunned to hear of the passing of Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells. Curtis died on December 29 of cancer at age 35.
Curtis had been battling T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and was being treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where he underwent several chemotherapy treatments and was awaiting a bone marrow transplant. In August a benefit was held for him at New York’s Bowery Hotel where Interpol and The Strokes performed. A statement on the band’s Facebook page said: 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. His band mate Alejandra Deheza said in February: “It developed pretty aggressively, and the chemotherapy to treat it will be pretty aggressive, but the good news is that it’s TREATABLE. These next few months will be tough, but he is the toughest person I know (even while here, he was trying to figure out a way to sample the MRI).”
Prior to forming School of Seven Bells, Curtis was the drummer for the 90’s band Tripping Daisy. From 2000 to 2007 he played with his brother Brandon in The Secret Machines.
The band also requested to respect Curtis’s family, friends and band mates. If you would like to send a condolence message, you may do so at [email protected]