Jaki Liebezeit, drummer and co-founder of the German krautrock pioneers Can, died Sunday at the age of 78.
The band announced his death on Facebook and wrote : "It is with great sadness we have to announce that Jaki passed away this morning from sudden pneumonia. He fell asleep peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. We will miss him hugely."
Born in Dresden in 1938, Liebezeit recorded with Can on the greater part of their 12 studio collections, including Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi and Future Days, and was instrumental in building up the motorik percussive style that came to characterize the class.
Liebezeit was a piece of Manfred Schoof's free jazz Quintet in the '60s and furthermore a regular associate all through his vocation, working with any semblance of Brian Eno, Michael Rother, Philip Jeck and Jah Wobble. He showed up on Brian Eno's Before and After Science collection in 1977, Depeche Mode's Ultra in 1997 and contributed drums to Rother's performance LPs in the late 70s.
Liebezeit was set to rejoin with establishing Can part Irmin Schmidt and unique vocalist Malcolm Mooney for an exceptional 50th commemoration appear at London's Barbican Hall in April charged as 'The Can Project'.
Several artists have paid tribute to Liebezeit on social media.