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Devo in 1998: Bob Casale, who passed away at age 61 on Feb. 17, 2014, is pictured top right.
Bob Casale, a founding guitarist for new-wave band Devo, has died at age 61. His brother Gerald Casale, a singer and bassist for the band, announced the news on Devo's Facebook page.
"As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," Gerald Casale wrote in the statement. "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all."
Formed in Ohio in 1972, the band's lineup includes the Casale brothers, brothers Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, and Alan Myers. Myers died of brain cancer last June at age 58.
The band's debut album "Q. Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!" was released in 1978. "Whip It," from the 1980 album "Freedom of Choice," remains the group's most widely recognized hit. The video for the song received massive airplay on MTV when it debuted.