Alan Myers, the third and most well-known drummer for Devo, died Monday from brain cancer. His death was first reported on Facebook by jazz musician Ralpy Carney who was also a friend of Myers.
Myers joined Devo in 1976, and went on to play with the band for 10 years. He can be heard on the group's biggest hit, 1980’s “Whip It,” which reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Many musicians have taken to Twitter to pay respects to Myers, including Devo founder Gerald Casale who wrote, “In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!!” Josh Freese, another Devo drummer who played with the band from 2006-2012, said it was “such an honor playing his parts w/Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome.”