Rest in Peace: Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk dies aged 73

Kraftwerk founding member Florian Schneider dies at the age of 73

Florian Schneider: Founding member of Kraftwerk dies aged 73

Florian Schneider, who was one of the founding members of the German kultband Kraftwerk, is dead.

"Kraftwerk co-founder and electro pioneer Ralf Hütter has sent us the very sad news that his friend and companion over many decades", the full statement reads. It revealed that the musician battled a "short cancer disease" and died a few days after his birthday.

Born as the son of renowned modernist architect Paul Schneider-Esleben in 1947, it was by his 21st year that he teamed up with Hütter, laying the groundwork for Kraftwerk in 1968 when they were both students at the Robert Schumann Conservatory.

Schneider formed the influential electronic group with Ralf Hutter in 1970, and they became the pioneers of the synthesizer rock movement and the current electronic dance music scene. The late legend named his largely instrumental track "V-2 Schneider" off the classic 1977 album "Heroes" after the Kraftwerk co-founder.

Schneider founded the German group with Ralf Hütter in 1970.

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Schneider played the synthesizer, vocoder, flute, sax and other instruments, plus provided vocals over 10 albums including 1974′s acclaimed "Autobahn".

Records like Trans-Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978) and Computer World (1981) are revered as classics to this day.

They won a 2014 lifetime achievement Grammy but the six-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have yet to be chosen for induction into that pantheon of music royalty.

Schneider worked with producer Dan Lacksman in 2015 and released their collaboration "Stop Plastic Pollution" for pollution awareness.

German musician Florian Schneider inspired the likes of David Bowie and The Pet Shop Boys. That music will put you in a trance and Sent a million musicians in a new direction, (Bowie named a lovely song after him for crying out loud!); had a huge hand in the invention of hip hop, all while fearlessly navigating and pioneering the inventive avante-garde in post war Germany.

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