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(USA TODAY) -- Guitarist Bob Casale of new-wave band Devo died Monday of heart failure at age 61.

"Asan original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches withme from the beginning," wrote his brother, Gerald, also a foundingmember of Devo, in a statement on the band's website. "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer, and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got."

He later tweeted, "My brother Bob - Devo's anchor. Level-headed, even-keeled and very slow to anger. If he got mad you knew you deserved it."

Devo formed in 1972 and is best remembered for its 1980 hit Whip It. The band's drummer, Alan Myers, died of brain cancer last June.

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