ARCHITECTS guitarist Tom Searle has passed away after a long battle of cancer at age 28.
Tom was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer back in 2013 and had an operation to remove part of his lower leg. One month later, he was given the all-clear but the band have revealed he had been living with cancer for the past three years.
Tom‘s brother, Dan Searle, writes on the official ARCHITECTS Facebook page, “it is with unbelievable pain and sadness that I have to announce that at around twelve minutes past midnight on August 20th my amazing brother, Tom, passed away after over 3 years living with cancer. He was an incredible songwriter and guitarist. He was my closest and oldest friend. He was a funny, intelligent and sweet man and he leaves an enormous void in all of our lives.”
The full statement is available to read below:
The band are fundraising for the Martlets Hospice in Hove who cared for Tom in his final days. To donate, visit here.
ARCHITECTS will continue to tour with their upcoming shows in Australia, Europe and the UK to go ahead but it remains to be seen if any new music will be released.
All of us at Distorted Sound are deeply saddened by the passing of Tom Searle. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Tom‘s bandmates, friends and family.
RIP Tom Searle.