Devo guitarist, Bob Casale, dies at 61

(L-R) Bob Mothersbaugh, Bob Casale, Gerald Casale and Mark Allen Mothersbaugh of Devo arrive at the 2011 Art Of Elysium "Heaven" Gala held at the California Science Center on January 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of Elysium )

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.”