Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner dies at 74

Guitarist and singer passed away on Thursday (January 28)

Jefferson Airplane founding member Paul Kantner has passed away.

Kantner, who played guitar and sang in the San Francisco psychedelic band, died on Thursday (January 28) from organ failure and septic shock. He was aged 74.

Kantner’s former girlfriend and publicist Cynthia Bowman, mother to one of his three children, confirmed the news to The Associated Press (as reported by The Guardian).

Bowman said that Kantner had been admitted to a hospital in San Francisco after falling ill earlier this week.

Jefferson Airplane broke up in 1972 when its members split into the two bands: Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship. Kantner led the latter group.

“He was the first guy I picked for the band and he was the first guy who taught me how to roll a joint,” singer Marty Balin wrote of Kantner on Facebook. “And although I know he liked to play the devil’s advocate, I am sure he has earned his wings now”.