Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies of heart failure at age 61
Devo guitarist Bob Casale, brother of band mate Gerald Casale and one of the new wave group's founding members, recently died of heart failure at age 61.
The news was announced on Devo's Facebook page on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
"Very sad news to report today. Bob Casale of Devo. Born: July 14th, 1952 . Deceased: February 17th, 2014," read a message posted by Gerald. "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 message said.
The Casale brothers, Mark and brother Bob Mothersbaugh and drummer Alan Myers formed Devo in 1972. The group's most famous song is the 1980 pop hit "Whip It."
Fans often dubbed Bob Mothersbaugh "Bob 1" and Bob Casale "Bob 2." Myers, who left the band in 1985, died from stomach cancer (reported in preliminary reports as brain cancer) at age 58 in June 2013.
(Pictured above: Members of the musical group Devo stand behind home plate prior to a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays in St. Petersburg, Florida on Sept. 23, 2012. L-R: Gerald Casale, Jeff Friedl, Bob Mothersbaugh, Bob Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh. Bob Casale died on Feb. 17, 2014 from heart failure, his brother Gerald said. Credit: AP Photo / Phelan M. Ebenhack)