My Chemical Romance announced late Friday night that their 12-year career together has come to an end.

In a message posted on, the group writes, "Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We've gotten to go places we never knew we would. We've been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We've shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure."

Lead vocalist Gerard Way formed My Chemical Romance in 2001. Way, a New Jersey native, was inspired to form a band one week after the September 11 attacks.

The group released four studio albums over the years, most recently 2010's "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys." They reached platinum status with 2004's "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge" and 2006's "The Black Parade."

In February 2012, the group revealed that they were working on new music for their fifth album, but nothing more was released.

Besides their statement, Way tweeted after the announcement, "Beyond any sadness, what I feel the most is pride."

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