Legendary singer was just found dead and the cause is still a mystery. He was one of the greats.
You know him as the lead singer and songwriter for the New Jersey band the Smithereens that was known for such hits as “Blood and Roses” and “A Girl Like You.” Pat DiNizio has passed away at age 62 according to reports.
His band shared the heartbreaking news on their Facebook Tuesday night. Furthermore, the cause of his death still remains a mystery.
What we do know about DiNizio’s health is what he posted several days ago. Meanwhile, he shared that he was hopeful of getting back on tour as he continued physical therapy for neck and back injuries at the Victorian farmhouse he was restoring in Scotch Plains.
No one is sure if his death is connected to those injuries at all.
If you know anything about The Smithereens it’s probably from the 1980s-early 1990s. This is when their career really took off. They continued to tour and record even after those big years thought.
Their most recent albums including “2011” and “The Smithereens Play Tommy.” Members of his band expressed their heartache sharing that the “journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun.”
The band came to form after DiNizio was looking for a drummer. Dennis Diken answered the ad and with him brought Carteret High School classmates guitarist Jim Babjak and bassist Mike Mesaros.
They then named themselves after a favorite word of cartoon character Yosemite Sam. They had a deep connection, and it’s like they were meant to be together.
“We all happened to love the same music and also as importantly be fans of the same pop culture things,” DiNizio told SugarBuzz Magazine in 2007. “And we grew up watching Soupy Sales, Chuck McCann and The Monkees. We all grew up reading Mad Magazine and there was a shared background. So we agreed upon all of that.”
He was a true legend. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers during this heartbreaking time.