NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens sings during the USA Tennis Rock & Rally on April 28, 2003 at Rockefeller Center in New York City. DiNizio has died at age 62, the band announced Dec. 13. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
New Jersey native DiNizio, with bandmates Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and Mike Mesaros, buzzed around the rock charts in the late '80s and early '90s with stinging yet melodic songs including “Only a Memory,” “A Girl Like You” and “Blood and Roses.”
On Saturday, DiNizio posted a lengthy update on Facebook and assured fans that he was receiving “the best medical care and attention possible to repair the damage done to my neck and back in my recent falls.” He also said his treatment was helping him get in shape for the band’s upcoming shows.