Devo founding member Bob Casale dies at 61

He passed away from heart failure on February 17, confirms his brother Gerald

DEVO‘s Bob Casale, one of the founding members of the band, has died at the age of 61.

TMZ reports that the guitarist passed away yesterday (February 17) from health complications which led to heart failure.

Bob’s brother Gerald confirmed the news, paying tribute to his sibling, saying: “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.”

The cult new wave 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’.

Arcade Fire recently paid tribute to DEVO by covering their track ‘Uncontrollable Urge’ during a show in Los Angeles last October.