Bob Casale, a Kent native who was a founding member of the band Devo, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. He was 61.
Born July 14, 1952, he was reared in Kent, where he attended St. Patrick School and was a 1970 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School.
A guitarist, Bob Casale, his brother, Gerald, and Mark Mothersbaugh were among the founding members of Devo, which formed in Kent in 1972. The band scored a Billboard hit with "Whip It" in 1980, and the video became one of the first hit videos on MTV.
Gerald Casale released this statement on his brother's death on the Devo website:
"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.
He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again.
His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all".