R.I.P. Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells / Secret Machines

  • Save

Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells has lost his fight against T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. He was 35.

Curtis was in the bands UFOFU and Tripping Daisy before starting Secret Machines in 2000. He formed School of Seven Bells in 2007.

This message was posted on the SVIIB Facebook page:

“Dear friends, 

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: sviib@wizkidmanagement.com

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.”

6 Responses

  1. john

    to be young and a musician in america. we don’t get to die gloriously of heroine anymore, just the cancer our world gave us. p.s. young people are dying at a ridiculous rate because of poisoned gmo food. obamacare: not doing shit.

    • Jughead

      You are insane. Give it a rest, live your damn life, and quit preaching nonsense.

  2. lifer

    Condolences to Benjamin’s family.

    P.S. Shame on John, The Younger. Taking a germ of truth, GMO pun intended, and wrapping it in bs is just wrong. Maybe his education will teach him that each generation is left a pile of shit by the previous. That whole sins of the father thing is a cultural universal with myriad applications.

    P.P.S I doubt John, The Younger will be taking any heroines to bed. Maybe you can find some heroin to get you through the night. Let us know how it goes.

    • unknown

      Maybe you can find some heroin to get you through the night. Let us know how it goes. – What a cold hearted eveil thing to say #issues much?

  3. Versus

    Very sad news. A great musician. I was lucky to see School of Seven Bells live – great energy and mood to that music. He will be missed.