The Secret Machines' Benjamin Curtis Loses Battle with Cancer at 35

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Guitarist Benjamin Curtis passed away on Sunday (December 29) after a fight with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma Cancer, less than a year after being diagnosed.

The Secret MachinesThe Secret Machines attend a benefit at Hard Rock Cafe in New York City in 2007

The 35-year-old was best known as a member of The Secret Machines, but was also a forming member of School of Seven Bells.

"We lost our friend and brother Benjamin Curtis to his fight against cancer," Curtis' band posted in a statement on Facebook."We kindly ask that his immediate family, friends & bandmates' privacy be respected during this time. We can't thank all of you who supported him and his music through the years enough."

Curtis was a native of Oklahoma who had been living in Dallas during his Secret Machine days. He recently moved to New York City to form School of Seven Bells with Alejandra Deheza.

School of Seven BellsSchool of Seven Bells performing in Portugal in 2012

"We can't thank all of you who supported him and his music through the years enough," the band continued in their statement. "All of you who attended or participated in the various benefits in and around New York City over the past year since his diagnosis, and of course those who contributed and gave generously to help support him throughout that journey. You made it possible for all of us, and for him, to see how truly loved he was and how many lives he had touched through his music by your gestures. We will all miss this incredibly talented and rare person every day, but we are fortunate enough that he shared with us his music, and that is something that we can keep forever."

Curtis died at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC, the band's manager Brady Brock told E! News.


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