Kraftwerk founder Florian Schneider dies at 73
Ralf Hütter (left) and Florian Schneider were Kraftwerk's founders and core members
Florian Schneider, co-founder of highly influential electronic pop group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73.
The German quartet set the template for synthesiser music in the 1970s and 80s with songs like Autobahn and The Model.
They achieved both musical innovation and commercial success, and inspired scores of artists across genres ranging from techno to hip-hop.
Midge Ure described Schneider as "way ahead of his time", while singer Edwyn Collins summed it up with: "He's God".
Schneider formed the group with Ralf Hütter in 1970, and remained a member until his departure in 2008.
A statement said he "passed away from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday".
Tributes flowed from the music world. Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp said Schneider was "such an important influence upon so much of the music we know", and had forged "a new Metropolis of music for us all to live in".
Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes remembered hearing Autobahn and "how radically different it sounded from everything else on the radio".
It "sparked my lifelong admiration for their innovation and creativity", and the group's "influence on contemporary music is deeply woven into the fabric of our pop culture", he wrote.
OMD said they were "absolutely devastated" at the news, and Jean-Michel Jarre also paid tribute.
The long list of artists to have been influenced by Kraftwerk included David Bowie, who named the track V-2 Schneider on his Heroes album after Schneider; as well Depeche Mode, New Order and Daft Punk.
Coldplay used a section from Kraftwerk's Computer Love in their hit Talk, while Jay-Z and Dr Dre borrowed from Trans Europe Express for their track Under Pressure. Kraftwerk reputedly turned down Michael Jackson, who wanted to collaborate.
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