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Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies aged 61

1 of 1 Not just men but Devo: Bob (Casale second from left) with bandmates Bob Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale and Mark Allen Mothersbaugh
Not just men but Devo: Bob (Casale second from left) with bandmates Bob Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale and Mark Allen Mothersbaugh

Bob Casale, an original member of new wave act Devo who had hits with Whip It and a unique cover of the Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, died of heart failure yesterday at the age of 61.

Bob's older brother and co-founder of the Ohio band, Jerry Casale, broke the news to fans on the band's Facebook page.

"As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," he said.

"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 (band co-founder) 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."

Casale formed the quirky and subversive Devo with his sibling and brothers Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh in 1972. The band began to enjoy success towards the end of the decade as part of America's New Wave movement.

Devo, who went through many line-up changes, released their latest album in 2010 and, more recently, recorded a song ridiculing US Presidential candiate Mitt Romney for driving with his dog, Irish setter Seamus, strapped to the top of his car during a 1983 holiday trip.

Bob Casale is the second member of the group to die in the past year. Drummer Alan Myers died last June of brain cancer at the age of 58.

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