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Pat DiNizio

American musician
DiNizio in August 2009

Pat DiNizio (October 12, 1955 – December 12, 2017) was an American rock musician. He was best known as the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the band The Smithereens. He formed the band with three original members in 1980 in Carteret, New Jersey. He was born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, but raised in Carteret.

DiNizio died on December 12, 2017 after a period of ill health in Scotch Plains, at the age of 62.[1]


  1. Brandle, Lars (December 13, 2017). "Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens Dies at 62". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2017.