Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has died following a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer. The news was shared by his wife Jessica, who said he passed away last night – “I am full of comfort knowing that he is now free, and long for the day I get to be with him again,” she wrote on the GoFundMe page established to assist with the costs of treatment. Last year Fekete left the band after his diagnosis and was an original member and contributed to all three studio album and on EP. Following 2013’s Pythons release, Fekete spoke with Glide and gave a very thoughtful interview, showing truly what a spirited person he was. As a true music fan, whose taste’s ran the gamut, Fekete will no doubt be enjoying the company up there of both Prince and Bowie.
On the GoFundMe page, his wife wrote:
May we all carry on Thomas’ legacy by being the very best versions of ourselves for the rest of our days, and do as much as we can to help others in his honor. If we can strive to be half the person Thomas was, this world will be a better place.
I plan to host a celebration of his life here on the beach in South Florida, the first weekend of July, just after his birthday on 1st. I will share specific details as soon as possible. I invite anyone who holds Thomas in their hearts to please join me in celebrating him.
It was an absolute privilege to stand next to Thomas and face this monster head on. Even as his body failed him, his mind and spirit soldiered on. Never was there a day that we weren’t filled with hope. Never was there a day that he even considered throwing in the towel. He was the kind hearted, funny, fearless, magnetic beam of light you all knew him to be up until his very last breath.
Thomas John Fekete, I love you and live for you. Nothing will make me more proud than being able to call myself your wife.