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Electronic Experimentalist Dies

Author: Jonty Adderley
Sunday, November 25, 2001
Michael Karoli from German electronic pioneers Can died last week (November 17th) after years of battling illness. Michael's label Mute issued an obituary this week, paying tribute to the 53 year old guitarist.

"After a long battle with cancer, Michael Karoli, guitarist and co-founder of legendary group Can, died at his home on 17th November 2001.

Diagnosed with a brain tumour in March 1999, four weeks before the German Can solo projects tour, Michael had undergone many operations and treatments whilst still carrying on with his musical career. Over the past three months Michael had been at his home in Essen, Germany. Last weekend - guitar in hand - he fell into a coma.

His last big project was in June 2001 in New York, when he was on stage together again with Malcolm Mooney. Michael's influence on Can's musical direction was immeasurable and the inspiration he brought to so many will live on in the music of the future.

We are deeply saddened by this loss and our condolences go out to his family and his Can colleagues."