Former Kansas member Robby Steinhardt has died from complications from acute pancreatitis.
His family released a statement saying, "Robert Eugene Steinhardt, was well recognized as a founding member and original violinist and vocalist for the rock band Kansas. His violin and vocals on 'Dust in the Wind,' 'Point of No Return' and 'Carry on Wayward Son' have etched Robby a solid place in rock history.
"Robby had been recording his new album with producer Michael Franklin, who put together an all-star cast of famous musicians in support of Robby’s comeback. Steinhardt was very proud of this project, slated for release in late 2021. He had begun rehearsals for a national tour when he became ill.
"Robby is survived by his wife Cindy, and daughter Becky. Steinhardt was 71 years old. He will be deeply missed by all he knew and his music will last forever. A memorial will be announced in the future."
Steinhardt was in the band White Clover with drummer Phil Ehart, keyboardist Steve Walsh and guitarist Richard Williams when they all hooked up with guitarist Kerry Livgrento form Kansas.
The band has issued a statement, saying, "The members of the band Kansas, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death 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 bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts, and to the sound of Kansas, will always be heartfelt.
"We love him and will miss him always."
Steinhardt was in Kansas from 1973 to 1982 and again from 1997 to 2006.