Fund set up to assist family of late Devo member Bob Casale

Aim is to raise $100,000 to help with funeral expenses, hospital bills and family finances

A fund has been set up to assist the family of late DEVO member Bob Casale with expenses relating to his death.

The guitarist passed away from health complications leading to heart failure on February 17. Rolling Stone reports that he left behind no will, and did not have insurance.

The fund has been set up by the band’s webmaster Michael Pilmer, with a target of raising $100,000 (£60,000). As of today (March 4), it has achieved a total of $16,680 (£10,000).

Explaining the fundraising, Pilmer writes: “This page was created to help the Casale family with expenses related to the passing of Robert “Bob 2″ Casale of the band DEVO. These expenses are not limited to funeral expenses, but also include recent medical/hospital bills, and for the general family expenses in the absence of Bob. This has hit the Casales hard. We are doing everything we can as friends of the family to soften the impact of Bob’s untimely death.”

Cult new wave Devo band formed in Ohio in 1972, the classic line-up of the band consisting of the Casale brothers, Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Alan Myers. They released their debut album, ‘Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!’ in 1978 and are best known for their 1980 single ‘Whip It’ – click below to watch. Before Casale’s death, the band was considering a 40th anniversary tour.

Arcade Fire recently paid tribute to DEVO by covering their track ‘Uncontrollable Urge’ at a selection of their shows under the pseudonym The Reflektors.