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'Whip It' Guitarist

Dead at 61

2/18/2014 8:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Devo Guitarist Bob Casale -- known for the hit 1980 song "Whip It" -- has died, TMZ has learned.

Bob's brother Gerald -- also a founding member of the band -- tells TMZ, Bob passed away suddenly on Monday from health complications that led to heart failure.

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Gerald tells us, "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."

Bob was 61.

Devo was formed in 1972 and hit the Billboard charts in 1980 with "Whip It" ... one of the first music videos to make a huge splash on MTV back in the day.

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Wow ...    

Oh no, may he RIP. My condolences to his family, friends and fans.

215 days ago
2.

Kelly    

He whipped it good. RIP

215 days ago
3.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

We should all whip it in his memory. RIP

215 days ago
4.

Rude Boy    

They were forerunners back in the day when musical innovation, talent and creativity actually mattered. RIP.

215 days ago
5.

Rigby    

Everyone loves whip it! One of the classics! RIP

215 days ago
6.

MrHarryBawls2016    

That's Julie Chen holding a gun in the Whip It video.

215 days ago
7.

PM61    

Are we not men? WE ARE DEVO!

215 days ago
8.

billybob    

Alan Myers died last year . . . DEVO are probably the most important underated musicians of the last 3 decades. Their work was totally ahead of their time. Devolution at it's finest!

215 days ago
9.

namers    

Who could forget the pogo dance? Boing, boing, boing, boing.

R.I.P.

215 days ago
10.

Jamey Hunter    

Very sad.

Hey spammers, go to hell, why don't you?

215 days ago
11.

Dfer    

Rest in peace....

215 days ago
12.

Dead@27    

Now whip it
Into shape
Shape it up
Get straight
Go forward
Move ahead
Try to detect it
It's not too late
To whip it

215 days ago
13.

The Zombie    

Devo had a guitarist?

215 days ago
14.

MrHarryBawls2016    

The 70s had the best movies. The 80s had the best music. After Kurt Cobain blew his head off, pop culture started to really stink (ie.britney spears,miley ray cyrus, tim burton movies, kardashians)

215 days ago
15.

Rick Harris    

That's not Bob Casale. That's Josh Freese, one of the 2 current drummers for DEVO.

215 days ago
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