Indie Rock Band Founder Dies After Battle With Cancer

DALLAS (December 31, 2013) Benjamin Curtis, the guitarist and co-founder of the popular indie-rock band School of Seven Bells, has died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 35, Brady Brock with New York-based GoldVE Entertainment, which co-manages the band, said.

Curtis died Sunday evening of lbymphoblastic lymphoma at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, Brock said.

he was first diagnosed just less than a year ago.

An Oklahoma native, Curtis lived in Dallas where he played in bands including Tripping Daisy and Secret Machines.

Brock says Secret Machines relocated to New York before Curtis went on to form School of Seven Bells with Alejandra de la Deheza.

Brock said Tuesday that Curtis gathered acclaim not just as a guitarist, but also an innovative composer and musician.

Funeral services were pending Tuesday.


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