Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider has died

The innovator and pioneer of electronic music has sadly passed away aged 73


Words by: Felicity Martin

Florian Schneider-Esleben, co-founder of pioneering band Kraftwerk, has died aged 73, Billboard has confirmed.

Rumours had been circulating about the death of the electronic pioneer via social media, and his cause of death is currently unknown.

The multi-media German group made an outstanding contribution to electronic music and paved the way for many different styles of electronic sounds and hip-hop, formed in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Schneider in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Born 7th April 1947, Schneider played the synthesiser, vocoder, flute, sax and more, as well as providing vocals, and left the band in 2008 after four decades with them.

David Bowie tipped his hat to Schneider’s influence via the track ‘V-2 Schneider’ on his 1977 album ‘Heroes’.

Read a selection of the tributes posted on social media below.


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Very sad. Florian Schneider has died. A tribute wall from us. Only fitting. #florianschneider #rip #kraftwerk

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