by Alfie Coy

School of Seven Bells co-founder and former Tripping Daisy drummer, Benjamin Curtis, has died at age 35. Curtis passed away Sunday night after a long battle with aggressive forms of both lymphoma and leukemia.

Born in Oklahoma, Curtis moved to DFW in his teen years and along with his brother, Brandon, made an everlasting mark on the DFW music scene. Curtis performed with Dallas-based bands Tripping Daisy, UFOFU, Secret Machines and most recently, the Brooklyn-based band School of Seven Bells along with Alejandra Deheza.

After his illness was announced in early 2013, Curtis received an outpouring of support from musicians both local and international. In October, Filter Magazine published messages of love and support for Curtis from those whose lives he impacted including Tim DeLaughter of the Polyphonic Spree, Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins, Morgan Kibby of M83, and Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups.

All of us at 102.1 The Edge wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Benjamin’s family, friends and bandmates. Ben truly touched our lives and souls through his art. The world has lost one of its brightest lights.