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Devo's Bob Casale dies at 61

Devo’s guitarist Bob Casale died at the age of 61. Devo was the “new wave” music band that made the iconic recording “Whip It.” The announcement was made on Tuesday by Casale’s brother and fellow Devo band member, according to CNN on Wednesday.

Devo: Bob Casale (far right) dies at 61
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Casale died unexpectedly of conditions leading to heart failure, according to the report.

The brother of Bob Casale, Gerald Casale, said that - as an original member of the band Devo – they were in the trenches together from the beginning. His brother said that he was the level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, who always gave more than he got.

Devo began in 1970 when Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaught were art students at Kent State University. In fact, they started writing music the same month as the Kent State campus shootings occurred in which National Guard troops shot at antiwar protesters which killed four students.

Devo has been active, recently. It was seen on television during a performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

Last year, the drummer of Devo from 1967 to 1986 – Alan Myers – died last year.