Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit has died following a short battle with pneumonia.
Widely regarded as a percussive genius, the drummer had his roots in West Germany’s free jazz scene before entering psychedelic realms.
Jaki Liebezeit was a founding member of Can, and his astonishing, groundbreaking approach did much to explode the definitions of what rock could achieve.
From the sidelong ‘Tago Mago’ cut ‘Halleluwah’ to the disco crossover ‘I Want More’ the band tackled everything, with Jaki’s astonishing percussive groove at the heart.
Playing on recordings by Depeche Mode and Brian Eno, he later became an in-demand guest musician, and was due to re-unite with fellow Can legend Irmin Schmidt for a special concert at London’s Barbican venue later this year.
Can broke the news on their official Facebook page.