Tom Searle, the guitarist for British metalcore band Architects, has died aged 28 after suffering with cancer for over three years.
Searle’s twin brother Dan, who plays percussion in the band, posted news of his passing today on the band’s Facebook page.
He posted: ‘It is with unbelievable pain and sadness that I have to announce that at around twelve minutes past midnight on August 20th my amazing brother, Tom, passed away after over 3 years living with cancer.
He was an incredible songwriter and guitarist. He was my closest and oldest friend. He was a funny, intelligent and sweet man and he leaves an enormous void in all of our lives.‘
In the statement, Dan Searle details his brother’s prolonged struggle with the condition, asking for privacy and expressing trepidation over the future of the band.
He continued to say: ‘I don’t know what will become of Architects […] We will 100% tour All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, there is no doubt about that. We will be going to Australia in a few weeks and we will be doing our UK and European headline tour in October and November. We hope that these shows will be an opportunity for everyone out there to show their respects to my wonderful brother.‘
The band released their seventh studio album, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, on 27th May.
Listen to Searle’s amazing guitar skills below: