Architects' guitarist Tom Searle has died.
The Brighton metalcore group posted a statement a short while ago, confirming the news that the guitarist had lost his fight against skin cancer.
The emotional statement was written by his brother and band-mate Dan Searle, and it's a fine, moving salute to a fantastic musician.
“It is with unbelievable pain and sadness that I have to announce that at around twelve minutes past midnight on August 20th my amazing brother, Tom, passed away after over 3 years living with cancer.”
“He was an incredible songwriter and guitarist. He was my closest and oldest friend. He was a funny, intelligent and sweet man and he leaves an enormous void in all of our lives.”
The statement leads the future of the band open. He writes: “I don’t know what will become of Architects. Me and Tom started playing in a band together when we were 13 and, really, Architects is just an evolution of the band that we started all the way back then, over half my life ago. To pretend that Tom wasn’t at the heart of everything that the band created would be to show a complete lack of respect to the amazing talent that he was. The band will never be the same and there is simply no denying it.”
Tom Searle was cared for by the Martlets Hospice in Hove, and Architects have set up a Justgiving page for fans to show their appreciation. “The Martlets Hospice in Hove took unbelievable care of Tom in his final days. We were constantly blown away by their compassion and hard work and we feel hugely indebted to them for ensuring that we were able to make some amazing memories with Tom before he passed away.”
Find the Justgiving Page HERE.
Enormously sad news – our thoughts lie with Tom's love ones.
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