Indie rocker Benjamin Curtis dies of cancer at 35

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School of Seven Bells guitarist Benjamin Curtis, pictured in a January event at the Union Square Doc Marten store, died of cancer Monday.

DALLAS — Benjamin Curtis, guitarist and co-founder of the popular indie-rock band School of Seven Bells, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 35.

Brady Brock with New York-based GoldVE Entertainment, which co-manages the band, says Curtis died Sunday evening of lymphoblastic lymphoma at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Curtis was first diagnosed just under a year ago.

Brandon Curtis, Josh Garza and Ben Curtis of the Secret Machines pose backstage after a 2006 concert in California.

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Brandon Curtis, Josh Garza and Ben Curtis of the Secret Machines pose backstage after a 2006 concert in California.

An Oklahoma native, Curtis lived in Dallas where he played in bands including Tripping Daisy and Secret Machines. Brock says Secret Machines relocated to New York before Curtis went on to form School of Seven Bells with Alejandra de la Deheza.

Brocks said Tuesday that Curtis gathered acclaim not just as a guitarist but also an innovative composer and musician.

Funeral services had not been arranged as of Tuesday.


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