Pat DiNizio Smithereens singer and songwriter dead at 62

Pat DiNizio Smithereens singer and songwriter dead at 62

Band members said their "journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun".

The news comes via a statement issued by the band.

Influential US rocker and frontman of '80s outfit The Smithereens, Pat DiNizio, has passed away aged 62. "Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers".


The Smithereens confirmed his passing on their Facebook page on Wednesday, but did not reveal a cause of death. Dennis Diken answered the ad and with him brought Carteret High School classmates guitarist Jim Babjak and bassist Mike Mesaros. We grew up together. The Smithereens peaked in the late 1980s-early 1990s, but continued to tour and record, their more recent albums including "2011" and "The Smithereens Play Tommy". Little did we know that we wouldn't grow old together. Two separate falls called serious nerve damage, resulting in the loss of the use of his right arm in 2015.

The Smithereens, from New Jersey, are known for songs such as "Blood and Roses", "Strangers When We Meet", "Behind the Wall of Sleep", "In a Lonely Place", "Only a Memory", and "A Girl Like You".

DiNizio also released four solo albums - the last being 2009's "Buddy Holly" - while he also hosted a radio show dedicated to new music and once appeared on the ESPN reality show 7th Inning Stretch. DiNizio also unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate as New Jersey's Reform Party candidate in 2000, a stunt documented in the film Mr. Smithereen Goes to Washington.

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