It is with a heavy heart that Tune Groover reports the death of Camera Obscura’s keyboardist and backing vocalist Carey Lander at the age of 33. Lander died on the morning of October 11 after a four-year battle with bone cancer. On the day of her passing, the band posted this announcement on their Facebook page:
“It is with the greatest sadness, that we must share the news that Carey passed away peacefully this morning after her illness with cancer. We have lost our friend and band mate, and our deepest sympathy goes out to her partner Kenny, and to all her family and friends.
We shall be continuing to help promote the campaign on her behalf.
She was left in no doubt how much you all loved and appreciated her, and we’d like to thank you all for the support and kind words you have been sending to us and her. The band, our music, and all of you who have enjoyed it over the years, meant so much to her.
Thank you all, Tracyanne, Gavin, Kenny and Lee x
Lander joined the band in 2002 at the age of 20, replacing Lindsay Boyd.
In 2011 she was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma but continued to play with the band during periods when her health would allow. Whenever she needed a break, however, the band would also take one. Before her illness, the band had begun work on their latest and fifth album, Desire Lines.
“We finished touring and we’d started taking a break,” she explained in an interview with The Skinny, “and then I got ill, and was basically out of action for a year and a half. But the band waited for me, which was really good of them.”
Production of the album was delayed until Lander was well enough to help finish it. It was released on June 3, 2013.
Earlier this year, the band announced cancellation of their North American tour due to Lander’s illness.
It does appear, however, that the remaining members of the band, including lead vocalist and principal songwriter, Tracyanne Campbell, will continue as a band in Lander’s absence.
“I won’t be seeing you for a long while. I hope it’s not as long as these country miles. I feel lost. I feel lost.” — Tracyanne Campbell