The bassist stunned her bandmates and fans when she announced last year (13) that she had left the Here Comes Your Man hitmakers after 27 years.
Frontman Black Francis later revealed that Deal had told them of her decision to quit during a meeting at a cafe, and Santiago has now recalled how she treated the band to an Indian feast the night before.
He tells Mojo magazine, "It was very much a surprise. I'm just sorry I never gave her a proper goodbye. But we all went out for an Indian meal the night before, and she had the waiter take pictures of us all. And she paid for the meal, and that never happens. It was the last supper."