At the age of 73

The music pioneer Florian Schneider-Esleben died of cancer at the age of 73. This was confirmed by the company Sony of the dpa news agency, citing Ralf Hütter (73), co-founder of the power plant. The DAF keyboardist Robert Görl , among others, had previously condoled publicly on Facebook.

Schneider-Esleben and Hütter have been working on different projects since the late 1960s and finally founded the revolutionary Elektro-Band Kraftwerk (“Autobahn”) in 1970. Schneider-Esleben, who rarely gave interviews throughout his life and only acted in the background, was a multi-instrumentalist and also a professor of media art and performance in Karlsruhe. At the beginning of 2009 he announced that he was leaving Kraftwerk, and on a tour in 2008 he was no longer part of the concerts.

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