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Founding Devo Guitarist Bob Casale Dead At 61

Bob Casale of Devo performs live onstage at the Ohio Expo Center in 2010.

Bob Casale of Devo performs live onstage at the Ohio Expo Center in 2010.

Robert “Bob 2″ Casale, founding guitarist of experimental new wavers Devo, has passed away from heart failure at the age of 61.  “As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning” said Casale’s brother Gerald, himself a fellow founder of the band, on the group’s Facebook page this morning. “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.”

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