TMZ is reporting that Devo’s founding guitar member, Bob "Bob 2" Casale, has passed away at the age of 61 due to heart failure.
Devo posted a message on their official Facebook page:
“Very sad news to report today. Bob Casale of Devo. Born: July 14th, 1952 . Deceased: February 17th, 2014
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.
Gerald Casale, Devo founder.
photo circa 1980 by Jules Bates/Artrouble”
Casale was part of the band when they hit mainstream fame with their 1980 hit “Whip It.”