Kraftwerk Co-Founder Florian Schneider Dead At 73

Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider has died at the age of 73.

Schneider founded the highly influential German electronic pop group in 1970 with Ralf Hütter and left the band in 2008.

A representative for the group said in a statement that Schneider, who had been battling cancer, died just a few days after his 73rd birthday.

The quartet took the music world by storm in the 1970s and 80s with popular albums such as Autobahn, Radio-Activity, Trans-Europe Express and The Man-Machine.

“Such an important influence upon so much of the music we know, from Bowie, to electronica, much of the 80s and beyond into modern techno and rap, Florian Schneider was forging a new Metropolis of music for us all to live in,” Spandau Ballet‘s Gary Kemp said in a tribute on Twitter.

Kraftwerk’s influence on contemporary music is “deeply woven into the fabric of our pop culture,” according to Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes.

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