pneumonia claims broadcast's trish keenan

After a two week fight, Trish Keenan, lead singer of UK group Broadcast, passed away today due to complications from pneumonia.

Warp Records released this statement earlier this morning:

“It is with great sadness we announce that Trish Keenan from Broadcast passed away at 9am this morning in hospital. She died from complications with pneumonia after battling the illness for two weeks in intensive care.

Our thoughts go out to James, Martin, her friends and her family and we request that the public respect their wishes for privacy at this time.

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.”

As reported by Stereogum, a Facebook post yesterday by a woman claiming to be Keenan’s sister told fans that Keenan had contracted H1N1 flu while on tour in Australia.

Formed in the mid 90’s, Broadcast only released three full length albums; 2000’s The Noise Made By People, 2003’s Haha Sound and 2005’s Tender Buttons. Often compared to Stereolab, Broadcast had a less kitschy, more experimental approach.

From their debut album, here’s “Come On Let’s Go”:

And from Tender Buttons, the eerie video for the album’s title track:

We’ll be spinning The Noise Made By People today in her memory. Rest in peace.

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