Kansas star Robby Steinhardt has died aged 71
Musician Robby Steinhardt, best known as a violinist and singer for rock band Kansas, has died aged 71.
His wife Cindy Steinhardt said her husband died of complications from pancreatitis on Saturday, after being taken to hospital for the first time in May.
She wrote on Facebook: “We are more than devastated as our lives were about to begin a new adventure. Robby has just recorded his first solo album with talented music producer Michael Franklin at Solar Studios.
“A tour starting in August, Robby couldn’t wait to get back on stage to do what he loved.
“I have always tried to share our lives with you, but I ask you to respect this heavy period of mourning.”
Steinhardt was an original member of Kansas, an American progressive rock band known for such hits as Carry On Wayward Son and Dust In The Wind.
He performed with them from 1973 to 1982 and from 1997 to 2006.
The group, which have sold over 15 million records, shared a tribute to Steinhardt online.
They said, “The Kansas band members past and present wish to express our deepest sorrow over the passing of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt.
“Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds and in our music. What he brought to us as members of the band, to the fans who attended our concerts and to the Kansas sound, will always be sincere.
“We love him and will always be missed.”
Kansas is still playing, with only Phil Ehart and Rich Williams as the remaining original members.
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