The Smithereens announced Pat DiNizio’s death on Dec. 12 via their official facebook page. “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. A cause of death was not given, but Pat had been struggling with his health for years. In 2015, he couldn’t perform after losing the use of his right hand and arm following a set of falls.
The Smithereens had to cancel tour dates this year because Pat had injured his back and neck in another fall, but the group had new tour dates scheduled for 2018.
Just days before his death, Pat had posted on his Facebook Page that he was recovering well after his health setbacks.
His sudden death comes as a shock to us all. Following the news, celebs and fans immediately flooded Twitter with their tributes.
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