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Pop and Rock Star Deaths in 2017

The Smithereens, with Pat DiNizio (wearing hat)

Pat DiNizio

Band: the Smithereens

Position: lead singer/songwriter, guitarist

Died: Dec. 12

Cause of death: undisclosed

Age: 62

Distinctions: New Jersey power-pop band peaked on the charts with "A Girl Like You" (No. 38, 1989) and Too Much Passion" (No. 37, 1992).

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, editor-in-chief of Freedom Leaf, co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness, and the former editor of High Times.