Carey Lander, Camera Obscura’s keyboardist and singer, passes away

Camera Obscura keyboardist and vocalist Carey Lander has died of bone cancer.

The Scottish indie pop band made the 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.”

Lander was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, in 2011. Since she was diagnosed, she has helped fund research in to the illness, raising over £50,000.

According to Consequence of Sound, Lander launched a JustGiving page during the final months of her life.

It’s probably too late to help me, but it would be great if we could find something in the future that means children don’t have to undergo such awful treatment and have a better chance of survival,” she wrote on the page.

I’ve been quite fortunate in that I have been able to have periods of living something of a normal life in the last 4 years and to continue playing with Camera Obscura. Being able to record the album we had started working on before my diagnosis, and to travel and play shows again has been amazing, and I’m very grateful to everyone that’s bought out records, come to our concerts or supported us in some way,” she added.

Lander had continued playing with the band despite her illness. She  appeared on every record of the band since Underachievers, released in 2003, and Desire Lines, released in 2013. Later this year, the band too time off from touring to focus on Lander’s health.