Devo's Bob Casale dead of heart failure, brother says

Bob Casale.

Story highlights

  • Bob Casale worked on many soundtracks for TV, film, commercials, video games
  • Bob Casale, 61, was known by Devo fans as "Bob 2"
  • Gerald Casale says his brother "was there in the trenches with me from the beginning"
  • Devo drummer Alan Meyers, who was with the group from 1976 to 1986, died last year.
Devo guitarist Bob Casale died Monday, his brother and band mate announced Tuesday. Casale was 61.
He was known by fans as "Bob 2" since he played alongside guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh, the brother of Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh.
"As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," his brother Gerald Casale said in a Facebook posting. "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got."
The new-wave band began after Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh met as art students at Kent State University. The group wrote its first music in May 1970 -- the same month National Guard troops fired on antiwar protesters on the Kent State campus, killing four students.
Devo actively toured in recent years, including a televised performance playing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.