While no cause of death has been revealed, DiNizio shared a post on Facebook on the weekend stating he was at home undergoing physical therapy following recent falls that damaged his neck and back. The band broke up and reunited over the years, with DiNizio always proclaiming a love for the music and the profession.
Pat DiNizio, lead singer/songwriter of the band The Smithereens died Tuesday night, it was announced via a statement on his Facebook page from his bandmates Jimmy Babjak, Mike Mesaros and Dennis Diken.
"Pat had the magic touch".
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Influenced by everyone from Buddy Holly to the Clash, the Smithereens blended catchy melodies and grinding guitars on "A Girl Like You", "Only a Memory" and other songs. "Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers", they continued. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll.
In addition to 11 albums with The Smithereens - including full album tributes to The Who's Tommy and the Beatles' Meet The Beatles and most recently 2011's 2011 - DiNizio released four solo albums.
DiNizio helped form the Smithereens in 1980 after placing an ad looking for a drummer to help him on a demo tape.
The band took time away after the release of their 1999 album "God Save The Smithereens" before regrouping to record once again in 2007.