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Cult krautrock pioneer Dieter Moebius dies at 71

The Swiss-born musician formed Cluster, worked with Brian Eno and inspired a whole host of contemporary artists

Dieter Moebius, the influential krautrock pioneer and founder of the cult band Cluster, has passed away aged 71 with the cause of death unknown. The death of the Swiss-German artist was announced by Michael Rother of the legendary German band Neu!, a man who Moebius formed the band Harmonia with. Writing on Facebook, Rother said:

"Very sad news today for all friends of Dieter Moebius and his unique music. Our friend, neighbour and collaborator passed away this morning, July 20th 2015. He will be missed dearly by all of us. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Irene. RIP, Dieter (Möbi)."

Moebius also worked closely with Brian Eno and helped to push the boundaries of the "ambient" movement. A profilic artist and collaborator, Moebius was widely revered by his contemporaries and peers, wiith his influence on modern music felt by the outpouring of tributes from contemporary artists taking place online.