After a three-year long battle with cancer Architects guitarist, Tom Searle, 28, has passed away.
The band’s drummer and Tom’s twin brother, Dan Searle, announced his brother’s death through a Facebook post on their bands page, saying: “It is with unbelievable pain and sadness that I have to announce that at around twelve minutes past midnight on 20 August my amazing brother, Tom, passed away after living with cancer for more than three years.
“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.”
Tom’s presence was missed long before he passed and his brother, Dan, revealed his illness was the cause. He was diagnosed in 2013 with melanoma skin cancer and underwent an operation that removed a section of his lower leg, after which he was given the all clear from his doctors; however, the road ahead was long, and treacherous. More surgery and cancer treatment kept him away from the band for fifteen months and they were forced to cancel the European festival and headline US tour as Tom entered a medically induced coma in a hospital in Luxembourg on June 9th 2016.
“He spent the last two months fighting with everything he had to overcome the disease and things appeared to be moving in the right direction.“
Despite their loss, the band will tour ‘All our Gods Have Abandoned Us’, as they fly to Australia in a few weeks and plan to move forward with their 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. It won’t be easy for us to get on stage and play every night without him, but it’s something that we must do.”
“I don’t know what will become of Architects,” Dan admits. “The band will never be the same and there is simply no denying it.”
“We want to carry on, that is important to say, and we will strive to do so, but we will not release any music unless we truly believe that it is something that Tom would have been proud of.”
Fans have since flooded social media with tributes of their own as the devastating news emerged. A charitable tribute in the form of a donation page has been set up through Just Giving, so that fans may donate to The Martlets Hospice in Hove, where Tom received treatment.
This Tom Searle obituary was written by Gaia Castelfranco, a GIGsoup contributor. Footer photo by Andy Hayball