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Guitarist Bob Casale of New Wave band Devo dies of heart failure at 61

Published on Feb 19, 2014 6:00 AM
Bob Casale of Devo performs at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California on April 17, 2010. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Bob Casale, the guitarist and original member of the United States (US) New Wave band Devo best known for the 1980 hit Whip It, died on Monday from heart failure at the age of 61, his brother and bandmate said.

"His sudden death from conditions that led to heart failure came as a total shock to us all," Gerald Casale said on the group's website on Tuesday.

Devo, whose name is a contraction of "de-evolution," was formed in 1972 in Akron, Ohio, and later moved to Los Angeles.

The band consisted of the Casales and brothers Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh. The group's former drummer, Alan Myers, died of cancer last year.

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