La diagnosi a febbraio, un mese dopo l’annuncio shock da parte della compagna artistica Alejandra Deheza: Benjamin Curtis colpito da un tumore (T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma). L’inizio delle cure chemioterapiche anche grazie al denaro raccolto da un fondo aperto per l’occasione al quale contribuiscono colleghi come Paul Banks, The Polyphonic Spree (Tim Delaughter scrive: “Benny B. Sweet Benny B. I will always, always cherish those times and the ones still to come”), Albert Hammond Jr. e Devendra Banhart. Purtoppo però Benjamin Curtis non ce l’ha fatta. E’ morto il 29 dicembre al Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center di New York. Aveva 35 anni. Era nato in Oklahoma ma la sua città diventa ben presto Dallas dove è protagonista in band come UFOFU (con il fratello Brandon – guarda), Tripping Daisy e Secret Machines (anche qui la griffe è dei fratelli Curtis). Quindi nel 2007 l’arrivo a New York e la nascita degli School Of Seven Bells. Tre album all’attivo l’ultimo dei quali è ‘Ghostory’ del 2012. Ecco il triste comunicato ufficiale.
Last night, Dec. 29th 2013, we lost our friend and brother Benjamin Curtis to his fight against cancer. While we had hoped to delay this announcement until a more suitable time when his friends and family could feel better prepared and settled to greet any correspondences from folks attempting to reach out, unfortunately the news has prematurely leaked. So we felt it would be appropriate to at least offer an official acknowledgement from us, in light of all the fans who loved and supported Benjamin and his music. We kindly ask that his immediate family, friends & bandmates’ privacy be respected during this time, and that instead, any inquires, well wishes, or notes-of-consolation be sent through School of Seven Bells’ management, where it can be shared with them at the suitable time. They can be sent to a special e-mail address here: firstname.lastname@example.org If relevant, further information will be made available through the suitable channels in the near future. We can’t thank all of you who supported him and his music through the years enough. 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.