Kim Deal is leaving the Pixies, the band announced on their Facebook page today.
“We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best. -Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering”
Deal has been the band’s bassist since 1986; she also founded the Breeders in the early ’90s. Despite splitting in 1993, the Pixies reformed in 2004 and toured their 1989 album Doolittle between 2009 and 2011. Deal, who is currently touring with the 20th anniversary re-release of the Breeders’ album Last Splash, has yet to comment on her departure.