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Pat DiNizio, frontman of New Jersey rockers The Smithereens, dies aged 62 - Japan Daily Sun
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Pat DiNizio, frontman of New Jersey rockers The Smithereens, dies aged 62

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Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio has died aged 62
Pat DiNizio was one of the founder members of The Smithereens (Picture: WireImage)

Singer Pat DiNizio, frontman of New Jersey rock band The Smithereens, has died aged 62.

The band confirmed the news in a statement on their Facebook page, expressing their ‘great sadness’ at his loss.

‘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 statement 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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The cause of the singer’s death has not been confirmed.

The Smithereens formed in New Jersey in 1980 and were best known for late 80s radio hits including Only A Memory and A Girl Like You.

They released eleven albums in total, the most recent being 2011, which debuted in that very year.

Pat. who was also guitarist and songwriter for the band, also released several solo albums as well as making a handful of film appearances, most notably in Cameron Crowe’s 1992 comedy-drama Singles.

He also attempted – unsuccessfully – to run for the New Jersey Senate in 2000, with his efforts forming the subject of documentary Mr Smithereen Goes To Washington.

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