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Florian Schneider, co-founder of Kraftwerk, dies at 73

May 6, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Florian Schneider, the co-founder of the German electronic band Kraftwerk, has died of cancer at age 73.

(CNN)Florian Schneider, the co-founder of the German electronic band Kraftwerk, has died of cancer at age 73.

"Kraftwerk co-founder and electro pioneer Ralf Hütter has sent us the very sad news that his friend and companion over many decades Florian Schneider has passed away from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday," the band said in a statement provided to CNN by publicist Alexandra Greenberg.

Schneider and Hütter were recognized as among the most influential figures of 20th century electronic music.

Schneider and Hütter also founded the Kling Klang music studio in Düsseldorf, where the band's most influential albums were produced.

Musicians paid tribute to Schneider on Wednesday.

Schneider and Hütter were honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

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