Devo Guitarist Bob Casale Dies Of Heart Failure At 61


Devo guitarist Bob Casale died on Monday. He was 61.

His brother Gerald confirmed yesterday that Bob died from “conditions that lead to heart failure”. The fellow band member didn’t provide any additional details about the health complications that occurred.

He told, “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.”

Bob’s band Devo, which is short for “Devolution”, began in the early 70s in Ohio and first got the nation’s attention in 1977 with their version of “Satisfaction” by Rolling Stones. Afterwards, the band made their path to stardom with new wave hits such as “Whip It” and “Girl U Want”.

Mark Mothersbaugh, the co-founder of the band, issued a statement on Tuesday saying, “He not only was integral in Devo’s sound, he worked over 20 years at Mutato, collaborating with me on 60 or 70 films and television shows, not to mention countless commercials and many video games,” said Mothersbaugh. “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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