Surfer Blood Guitarist Thomas Fekete Dies of Cancer

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Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood performs at Butlins Holiday Centre on May 14, 2010 in Minehead, England.

Very sad news to report out of the indie rock world this morning -- Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has succumbed to a rare form of cancer he was diagnosed with last year. He was 27. 

“Our sweet Thomas passed on last night, peacefully in his sleep, holding my hand,” wife Jessica Fekete wrote on the GoFundMe page created for his medical costs. 

Fekete was seeking alternative cancer treatment after the cancer spread to his lungs and spine following a procedure to remove a tumor from his abdomen. 

“With one last sigh, he let go of the burden of pain and suffering that he has been bravely carrying for so long. I am full of comfort knowing that he is now free, and long for the day I get to be with him again.”

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Fekete was a founding member of the aptly-named Florida rock band Surfer Blood, which formed in 2009 and caught on right away with beachy jams like “Swim.” They released three albums and one EP -- most recently 2015’s 1000 Palms, which Fekete played on.

He also released an 11-song solo cassette called Burner last December. 

Along with the GoFundMe page, Surfer Blood auctioned off a series of unreleased 7-inch singles and other memorabilia (of their own and by artists like Real Estate and Yo La Tengo) to help cover Fekete’s medical expenses.

“I plan to host a celebration of his life here on the beach in South Florida, the first weekend of July, just after his birthday on 1st,” Jessica Fekete wrote. She plans to share details as soon as possible, inviting “anyone who holds Thomas in their hearts.” 

Read her full tribute here