RIP Holger Czukay

Source: Pitchfork.

Holger Czukay, the co-founder and bassist of the iconic Krautrock band Can, has died, Cologne newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger reports. He was 79. He was reportedly found dead in the original Can studio in Weilerswist (formerly a movie theater) near Cologne, where he had allegedly been living. His cause of death is unknown. It marks the second loss for the band this year; founding drummer Jaki Liebezeit passed away in January. A prolific inventor, Czukay helped pioneer sampling, which at the time involved the laborious process of manually cutting tape. Aside from his work with Can, he released several solo albums, including his most recent, 2015’s Eleven Years Innerspace.