Co-founder of German electronic band Kraftwerk Florian Schneider has passed away at age 73, according to Billboard.
Kraftwerk co-founder Ralf Ralf Hütter has confirmed “the very sad news that his friend and companion over many decades Florian Schneider has passed away from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday, according to a statement.
Schneider and Hütter formed the revolutionary group in 1970, and used electronic instruments including homemade and custom-built devices to truly pioneer electronic music.
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Schneider, who played a variety of instruments like the synthesizer, vocoder, flute, sax, and more in addition to vocals, left the band in 2008 after performing together for four decades and 10 studio albums.
Before Schneider’s death, Kraftwerk had announced a summer tour of North America in honour of the band’s 50th anniversary, but the shows were eventually cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19.
Rest In Peace, Florian Schneider. You will be missed.