The Surfer Blood guitarist revealed he was suffering from a rare form of cancer last year (15) and passed away on Monday (30May16).

"Our sweet Thomas passed last night, peacefully in his sleep, holding my hand," his wife Jessica wrote on his GoFundMe.com page. "With one last sigh, he let go of the burden of pain and suffering that he has been bravely carrying for so long. I am full of comfort knowing that he is now free, and long for the day I get to be with him again...

"It was an absolute privilege to stand next to Thomas and face this monster head on," she continued. "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. Now, my beautiful angel, go find Bowie and jam."

"I love you Thom," a message on the group's Twitter.com page reads. "Thank you for being part of my life. I'll never meet anyone like you again & I'll miss you everyday."

Fekete co-founded the cult band in 2009 and was featured on its three albums. He also released a solo project, titled Burner in December (15).

Jessica is planning to host a memorial for Thomas in Florida.