Bob Casale, former guitarist for the new wave band whose hit song “Whip It” topped the Billboard charts in 1980, died Monday of apparent heart failure at age 61.
Casale’s brother and fellow band member Gerald confirmed the news on Tuesday, saying in a statement that his younger brother’s death was “sudden” and “a total shock.” He added in a Facebook post, “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.”
Devo also posted this tweet:
“We are shocked & saddened by Bob Casale’s passing. He was a great friend. “ -Mark M. (see link for full statement) mutato.com/2381/bob-was-a…—
(@DEVO) February 18, 2014