Kraftwerk founder Florian Schneider had died aged 73.
The German musician’s death has been confirmed by Billboard.
Florian, whose full surname was Schneider-Esleben, co-founded the group alongside Ralf Hutter in 1970.
The pair met two years before at the Academy of Arts in Remscheid, Germany.
Florian, whose main instrument was the flute, was cited as one of David Bowie’s musical influences.
Bowie named an instrumental track after the musician on his album Heroes.
The song was entitled V-2 Schneider.
Bowie was inspired by Kraftwerk’s sound during the late 1970s.
The release of the band’s album Autobahn in 1974 gave Kraftwerk their big break, as it hit the US charts.
This record was followed by Radio-Activity, which inspired Bowie to invite the group on tour with him, which they declined.
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