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Posted: December 13, 2017

Pat DiNizio, singer for The Smithereens, dies at 62


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Pat DiNizio, singer for The Smithereens, dies at 62
NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens sings during the USA Tennis Rock & Rally on April 28, 2003 at Rockefeller Center in New York City. DiNizio has died at age 62, the band announced Dec. 13. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

By Melissa Ruggieri, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pat DiNizio, frontman for alt-rock-pop band The Smithereens, has died at the age of 62.

The band posted the news on its Facebook page shortly after midnight Wednesday:

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"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens – America’s Band," the post said.

"Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers."

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New...

Posted by The Smithereens on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New Jersey native DiNizio, with bandmates Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and Mike Mesaros, buzzed around the rock charts in the late '80s and early '90s with stinging yet melodic songs including “Only a Memory,” “A Girl Like You” and “Blood and Roses.”

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On Saturday, DiNizio posted a lengthy update on Facebook and assured fans that he was receiving “the best medical care and attention possible to repair the damage done to my neck and back in my recent falls.” He also said his treatment was helping him get in shape for the band’s upcoming shows.


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