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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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Rick Harris    

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

157 days ago
17.

Dragon    

Huge loss, may he rest in pace.

157 days ago
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Morticia Cowghoul    

Love DEVO.
we have all devolved a little bit today.
so sad.
RIP

157 days ago
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Clyde T.M. Nestra    

Too young, but he accomplished a lot in his lifetime. Even more admirable after reading about some of the a..holes with stories on TMZ today.

157 days ago
20.

Kingpcgeek    

Best concert I ever went to was Devo in 1982

157 days ago
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Nick    

You idiots have the picture caption wrong. That's not Bob Casale, that's Gerry Casale. Bob Casale is at the far left. The level competent journalism here is atrocious.

157 days ago
22.

Nick    

Fix the damn picture; that's not Bob Casale, that's Gerry Casale. Bob Casale is at the far left. What's the matter with you people?

157 days ago
23.

rebelgalms    

RIP brother.

157 days ago
24.

Vote2012    

Did he still wear that stupid plastic hat when he was 61 yrs old? That might have had something to do with his sad early death.

157 days ago
25.

teedang    

There is SOOOOOO much more than just "Whip It" to exemplify Bob Casale's guitar prowess…. Bob Casale, AKA "Bob 1" was an extremely talented and unfortunately under-appreciated guitarist, especially when you go back and listen to some of Devo's earlier stuff. Brilliant and lightning fast riffs, masterful solos - check out "Come Back Jonee" and the solo on "Be Stiff" (live) on YouTube, just for a few examples. RIP Bob Casale, I am saddened to hear this news and my condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

157 days ago
26.

Questdelsangraal    

Great band.
R.I.P. Bob

157 days ago
27.

KeriV    

Sad news, RIP. back in the day they were the ultimate!

157 days ago
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