The guitarist with the British band Architects has died aged 28 from cancer. Tom Searle had been suffering from the disease for more than three years, according to his twin brother.
Breaking the news on Facebook, Dan Searle, the group’s drummer, said it was with “unbelievable pain and sadness” that he had to announce his brother had passed away shortly after midnight on 20 August.
Dan wrote: “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.”
He revealed the reason Tom had been missing from a number of shows over the last 15 months was because he had been undergoing surgery to treat the cancer.
Dan also said the Brighton band had cancelled tours in Europe and the US after Tom became extremely unwell in early June, while in Luxembourg, and was taken to hospital.
Dan wrote: “The following day he was placed into a medically induced coma and the doctors told us that it was unlikely that they’d ever be able to wake him.
“Five days later, against all the odds, he was awake again, and in a few short days following that, myself and Tom cancelled the air ambulance that was due to take him home and we got the Eurostar train home. Classic Tom Searle.”
While Tom had spent the last two months of his life “fighting with everything he had to overcome the disease”, his twin said his condition had suddenly deteriorated in the last two weeks before he died.
Dan wrote: “I don’t know what will become of Architects. Me and Tom started playing in a band together when we were 13 and, really, Architects is just an evolution of the band that we started all the way back then, over half my life ago.