Bob Casale Dies: Devo Guitarist Passes Away of Heart Failure at 61

Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 05:13 PM

By Jonna Lorenz

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Guitarist Bob Casale of the new wave group Devo died Monday of heart failure, according to Billboard. He was 61.

Casale founded Devo in 1972 with his brother, Gerald Casale, and Mark Mothersbaugh and Robert Mothersbaugh.

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Devo is most known for its 1980 song "Whip It," which reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other Devo songs include "Working In the Coal Mine" and "Theme from 'Doctor Detroit.'" The band’s album "Something for Everybody” was released in 2010.

The band played at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

Casale, known by fans as “Bob 2,” leaves behind his wife, Lisa, and two children, Alex and Samantha.

A statement from Gerald Casale was posted on the band’s website Tuesday: “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. 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.”

The band also commented on Casale's death on Twitter.

Drummer Jeff Friedl also posted his thoughts.

Fans also used Twitter to bid farewell to Casale.

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