Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies at 61

Bob Casale, one of the founding members of Devo who remained active in the band's projects and was to take part in the band's 40th anniversary tour this summer, has died.

Bob Casale, one of the founding members of Devo who remained active in the band's projects and was to take part in the band's 40th anniversary tour this summer, has died.

Casale had been hospitalized with stomach issues, according to his brother and Devo co-founder Gerald.

"He was sitting up, talking and the next thing he was in an ER, life-and-death situation," Gerald Casale told the L.A. Times. "His blood pressure dropped too low and they couldn't stabilize it in time."

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The Casales formed Devo in the early 70's with Mark Mothersbaugh and his own brother Bob, along with Alan Myers on drums. Myers died last year, and studio drummer Josh Freese had been slotted to sit in for the anniversary tour.

Following the band's peak in the early 80's Mothersbaugh began focusing on scoring film and TV projects. In a statement, he noted that Casale had followed him down that path, working on many parojects together.

"We are shocked and saddened by Bob Casale's passing," Mothersbaugh said. "He not only was integral in Devo's sound, he worked over 20 years at Mutato, collaborating with me on sixty or seventy films and television shows, not to mention countless commercials and many video games. Bob was instrumental in creating the sound of projects as varied as 'Rugrats' and Wes Anderson's films. He was a great friend. I will miss him greatly."

 

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