Architects guitarist, songwriter and lyricist Tom Searle has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 28.
Tom - who passed overnight on August 20 - is survived by his twin brother and Architects drummer Dan, his bandmates Sam Carter, Ali Dean and Adam Christianson.
In a message to fans, his brother Dan said: "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 was originally diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer back in 2013 and had an operation to remove part of his lower leg. A month later, he was given the all-clear but the band have today announced that he had been living with cancer for the past three years.
"We had to cancel our European festival tour and US headline tour because on June 8th, in Luxembourg, Tom was extremely sick, we called an ambulance and he was taken into ICU," explains Dan.
"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.
"He spent the last 2 months of his life fighting with everything he had to overcome the disease once and for all, and things appeared to be moving in the right direction, but in the last 2 weeks it suddenly took a turn for the worse and finally he left us."
Tom and his brother Dan founded Architects back in 2004, and Tom leaves behind a legacy of seven albums that changed British metal, right through to the band’s most recent album ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’, which was released in May this year.
The band are raising money for the Martlets Hospice in Hove, where Tom spent his final days, in his memory. You can donate to the fund at this JustGiving page.
Architects will go ahead with touring their latest album, and head to Australia in a few weeks before returning for a run of UK / EU dates, but say they, "will not release any music unless we truly believe that it is something that Tom would have been proud of."
"We hope that these shows will be an opportunity for everyone out there to show their respects to my wonderful brother," said Dan.
"It won’t be easy for us to get on stage and play every night without him, but its something that we must do."
He ends: "For now we need to begin to process what has happened.
"Myself, Sam, Ali and Adam will need time to fully come to terms with the loss of our brother and we hope that everyone out there will continue to respect our privacy during this terribly difficult time."
All here at Rock Sound are incredibly saddened by Tom’s passing and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
You can read Dan's full message below.