Spencer Smith, the founding drummer of pop-rock group Panic! At The Disco, has announced plans to leave after a decade with the group. Smith's departure means that frontman Brendon Urie is the only remaining member from the band's original lineup.
"To our fans…After 10 years of being a part of this unbelievable journey it saddens me to say that I will be leaving Panic," Smith begins a long letter posted to the group's website on Thursday morning (Apr. 2). "This was not an easy decision to come to, but after a lot of thinking it became clear that this is what's right for me and the band. I love this band with all my heart, and getting to see it grow from 4 kids in my parents garage to what it is now has been incredible. I loved it all. But, at a certain point, I realized that I wasn't able to be there for the band the way I wanted to be, and more importantly, the way they needed me to be."