Bob Casale, founding member of and guitarist for the band Devo, best known for their hit song "Whip It," died of heart failure on Monday at the age of 61.
His brother Gerald, also a founding member of the band, reported Casale's death on Devo's Facebook page, writing that the tragedy came as a "shock."
"As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," wrote Gerald. "He was my level-headed brother."
"He was a solid performer and talented engineer, always giving more than he got."
Fellow Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh was similarly shaken by the news.
"This is so sudden and tragic," he said. "He was the nicest guy in the band. He had the best personality. He had the longest fuse. He was a problem solver."
Mark Motherbaugh said the band had plans to tour this summer, too
Mothersbaugh credited Casale, who played guitar and keyboards in the band, with helping him compose the music heard in television and films.
"Bob engineered my music for all the Wes Anderson films. After our third album, Freedom of Choice, he became very involved in engineering our records."
Casale was born in 1952. Two sets of brothers founded the band in 1972. The Casales were from Kent; the Mothersbaughs were from Akron, Ohio.
Drummer Alan Myers joined in 1976, replacing Jim Mothersbaugh.