Bob Casale, founding member and longtime guitarist of the New Wave band Devo, has died at the age of 61.
The following statement was posted on the band’s Facebook page minutes ago:
Very sad news to report today.
Bob Casale of Devo. Born: July 14th, 1952 . Deceased: February 17th, 2014
As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.
Gerald Casale, Devo founder.
photo circa 1980 by Jules Bates/Artrouble