Klaus Dinger, a founding member of Kraftwerk and co-founder of Neu!, has died at the age of 61.
The influential drummer died of heart failure on March 20, and his burial took place amongst a private circle of family and friends, according to a statement released today (April 2) by Neu!'s record label Gronland.
Dinger was known as one of the founding fathers of krautrock. His drumming style called 'motorik', which features a propulsive, almost surf-like repetitious groove, has influenced several contemporary bands.
After playing in Kraftwerk and Neu! in the 1970s, Dinger went on to form La Dusseldorf, which sold more than a million albums in the 1970s and 1980s.
Dinger passed away just four days before his 62nd birthday.
Neu! - "Hero" (live in 1974):