Thomas Fekete, 27-year-old founding member and former guitarist of Surfer Blood, died Monday night following a fierce battle with a rare, aggressive cancer. His wife, Jess Fekete, confirmed his death in a Tuesday update to the GoFundMe page dedicated to funding his treatment. She wrote, “Our sweet Thomas passed on last night, peacefully in his sleep, holding my hand.”
Fekete made his diagnosis public in April of 2015, when was forced to leave a tour in order to pursue treatment for a sarcoma that had metastasized to his spine and lungs. In December of 2015, he released “Burner”, a solo LP recorded, in his words, with “no multiple takes, no expensive mics, no outside direction.” “Burner” was intended to fund his treatment.
A celebration of his life will be held on the first weekend of July in South Florida.