The Smithereens' Lead Singer Pat DiNizio Dead at 62
Published Dec 13, 2017Pat DiNizio, lead singer of New Jersey rock band the Smithereens, has died at the age of 62. An official cause of death has not been announced.
His bandmates Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and Mike Mesaros broke the news early this morning (December 13) on Facebook.
Just a few days prior to his death, DiNizio shared a message on the band's Facebook page, providing an update on his ongoing medical care.
"I have been receiving very good care and several physical therapy sessions at home each week here at Hollingsworth House in Scotch Plains (a Victorian farmhouse built in 1885 that I purchased 20 years ago — I am only the 3rd owner of the house!)," he wrote on December 9. "Rest assured I am receiving the best medical care and attention possible to repair the damage done to my neck and back in my recent falls."
The Smithereens initially formed in 1980 when high school friends Babjak, Diken and Mesaros met DiNizio through a classified ad. They released their first album Especially for You in 1986, and consistently released new music up until 2011's 2011.
Revisit the band's biggest hit "Only a Memory" down below.