Jan 14, 2011

Trish Keenan, Broadcast Singer, Dies From Pneumonia

by Jason Lipshutz, N.Y.

Trish Keenan, vocalist of English electronic group Broadcast, passed away at 9 AM this morning (Jan. 14) from complications of pneumonia. The 42-year-old singer battled the illness in intensive care for the past two weeks, according to a statementreleased by Warp Records this morning.

"This is an untimely tragic loss and we will miss Trish dearly - a unique voice, an extraordinary talent and a beautiful human being. Rest in Peace," Warp's statement reads.

After forming in 1995 with an original line-up of Keenan, guitarist Tim Felton, bassist James Cargill and keyboardist Roj Stevens, Broadcast released four albums and a string of EPs on Warp Records. The band most recently released a collaboration with the Focus Group, "Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age," in 2009, and performed at the Matt Groening-curated All Tomorrow's Parties festival in the U.K. last May. Broadcast's second full-length, "Haha Sound," peaked at No. 8 on the Dance/Electronic albums chart in 2003 and has sold 22,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Rumors of Keenan's illness began to surface earlier this week, after a Facebook user claiming to be the singer's sister posted on the band'sFacebook page that Keenan was "fighting for her life." Warp released a statement yesterday in which manager Martin Pike confirmed the illness.

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