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Devo member Bob Casale dies

Bob Casale

Devo guitarist Bob Casale died Monday of heart failure. He was 61.

According to Reuters, the announcement of Casale’s death was made by his brother and bandmate Gerald on Tuesday.

"His sudden death from conditions that led to heart failure came as a total shock to us all," Casale wrote on Devo’s website. "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.”

Bob is the second member of the band to pass away. Alan Myers, the drummer for the group, died in 2013 of cancer.

The band, which consisted of Myers, the two Casales and brothers Bob and Mark Mothersbaugh, was formed in 1972.

They first played in Akron, OH and later Los Angeles, CA.

But great acclaim for the group came in 1980 when they released their song ‘Whip It,’ which was in the album Freedom of Choice. The song was one of the first hit videos for MTV when the network first debuted.

According to CNN, the group toured in the past few years. One such appearance was in Vancouver, Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympic games.

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