Surfer Blood's former guitarist Thomas Fekete has died at the age of 27 after a yearlong battle with a rare form of cancer. Fekete's wife confirmed the news on a GoFundMe page set up to fund their medical bills (so far $63,000 of the $100,000 goal has been raised):
"Our sweet Thomas passed on last night, peacefully in his sleep, holding my hand. With one last sigh, he let go of the burden of pain and suffering that he has been bravely carrying for so long. I am full of comfort knowing that he is now free, and long for the day I get to be with him again."
Fekete started undergoing treatment for cancer in December 2014, and left the band to focus on his well-being. He was a founding member of the Florida band and played on their three albums and one EP.
The full GoFundMe note:
"Our sweet Thomas passed on last night, peacefully in his sleep, holding my hand. With one last sigh, he let go of the burden of pain and suffering that he has been bravely carrying for so long. I am full of comfort knowing that he is now free, and long for the day I get to be with him again.
May we all carry on Thomas' legacy by being the very best versions of ourselves for the rest of our days, and do as much as we can to help others in his honor. If we can strive to be half the person Thomas was, this world will be a better place.
I plan to host a celebration of his life here on the beach in South Florida, the first weekend of July, just after his birthday on 1st. I will share specific details as soon as possible. I invite anyone who holds Thomas in their hearts to please join me in celebrating him.
It was an absolute privilege to stand next to Thomas and face this monster head on. Even as his body failed him, his mind and spirit soldiered on. Never was there a day that we weren't filled with hope. Never was there a day that he even considered throwing in the towel. He was the kind hearted, funny, fearless, magnetic beam of light you all knew him to be up until his very last breath.
Thomas John Fekete, I love you and live for you. Nothing will make me more proud than being able to call myself your wife.
Now, my beautiful angel, go find Bowie and jam."
Watch Fuse's interview with Surfer Blood from 2013: