Bob Casale, the guitarist for American new wave band Devo, best known for their 1980 hit Whip It, has died of heart failure at the age of 61.
Casale’s brother and fellow band member Gerald Casale confirmed the death in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Casale said his younger brother’s death on Monday was “sudden” and a “total shock”.
“As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” he said.
“He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got.”
No further details about his death were provided.
Ohio-based Devo introduced themselves to the world in 1977 by making a frenetic version of Rolling Stones hit Satisfaction.
The new wave band released their Brian Eno-produced debut, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, in 1978.
The band reached platinum status with 1980’s Freedom Of Choice, which featured Whip It.
Gerald Casale formed Devo with lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh.
Alan Myers, the group’s drummer, died last year after a battle with cancer, aged 58.
Devo is short for devolution, the idea that man was regressing into an earlier state.