Holger Czukay, co-founder of legendary German experimental act Can, has passed away at the age of 79. His death was reported on social media Tuesday evening (Sept. 5), and confirmed by a tweet posted by his label, Mute Records.
"Can't think of anything coherent to say, particularly on twitter, dearest Mr Czukay, you'll be missed so much. Hilarious genius," Mute wrote.
Though his cause of death is unknown, Czukay was found dead in Can's studio in Weilerswist, near Cologne, according to the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper.
Czukay, born in Poland in 1938, formed Can with bandmate Irmin Schmidt in 1968.
With the group, he played bass and handled much of the recording and engineering. Can pioneered the Krautrock movement, mixing rock, electronic and world music, and released numerous albums, including 1973's notable Future Days. "I Want More," Can's biggest hit, peaked at No. 26 on the U.K. singles chart in 1976, but the group's sound proved influential to many artists.
Czukay also released several solo albums, with his latest being 2015’s Eleven Years Innerspace.
His death follows Jaki Liebezeit's passing earlier in the year. The drummer died after battling pneumonia.