Fekete helped to found the band in 2009 along with vocalist John Paul Pitts and drummer Tyler Schwarz. He was with them for each of their three albums and six years. Last year, he was diagnosed with Sarcoma, a form of cancer, and was forced to sit out touring and promotion for their latest album, 1000 Palms.
Fekete's wife started a GoFundMe for his cancer treatment and the band raised money while on tour, some of which ended up stolen along with their equipment. He did not spend his time off-tour idle, releasing a cassette-only album, Burner, at the end of last year.
Today, at the age of 27, he succumbed to his cancer. His wife posted a beautiful message on the GoFundMe page, and fans, musicians, and his bandmates have posted touching tributes to him on social media.
I love you Thom. Thank you for being part of my life. I'll never meet anyone like you again & I'll miss you everyday pic.twitter.com/LUHQAU1MvO— Surfer Blood (@surferblood) May 31, 2016
Goodbye, Thomas, you will be missed.
Now, check out his sweet guitar skills!