Pat Dinizio lead vocalist for the alternative band The Smithereens has passed away. No further details have been made available at this time.
The remaining members of the Smithereens have posted the following tribute on Facebook:
A message from Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken, and Mike Mesaros:
Today we mourn the loss of our friend, brother and bandmate Pat DiNizio.
Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs, infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll.
Our journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun. We grew up together. Little did we know that we wouldn’t grow old together.
Goodbye Pat. Seems like yesterday.
Jimmy, Mike, Dennis