Death of Robby Steinhardt: the violinist and singer from Kansas was 71 years old

Kansas violinist and co-singer Robby Steinhardt died Saturday after a bout of acute pancreatitis and septic shock, his wife Cindy Steinhardt confirmed on Facebook. He was 71 years old.

On May 13, Robby Steinhardt was admitted to hospital with acute pancreatitis. Later that night, he suffered acute septic shock and was placed on life support. Although the outlook was “very serious”, he survived another two months. On July 17, the day Steinhardt was to be released from medical care and transferred to a rehabilitation center, he suffered another sepsis and died at Tampa General Hospital.

“We are beyond devastated as our lives were about to begin a new adventure,” Cindy wrote in the post. “Robby has just recorded his first solo album with talented music producer Michael Franklin at Solar Studios. (With) a tour starting in August, Robby was so excited to be back on stage doing what he loves. .

Cindy continued, “I have always tried to share our lives with you, but I ask that you please respect this heavy time of grief. I encourage you to share your stories and photos of Robby on his page. My only regret is not being able to share them with him to show him how much he is loved.

Kansas also released a statement saying, “Members of the Kansas Band, past and present, wish to express our deepest sadness at the death of our teammate and friend, Robby Steinhardt. Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds and in our music. What he brought to us as band mates, the fans who attended our gigs, and the Kansas sound will always be heartfelt. We love him and he will always be missed.”

Born in Chicago in 1950, Steinhardt grew up in Lawrence, Kansas with his adoptive parents. He studied and played classical violin, and in 1972 he joined a Topeka-based rock band called White Clover. The band, which soon became known as Kansas, included Steve Walsh, Phil Ehart and Rich Williams, with Kerry Livgren joining soon after, becoming the main songwriter. Steinhardt shared vocal duties with Walsh, switching between backup and conducting, but his fiddle helped differentiate Kansas from other bands.

Kansas’ self-titled debut album was released in 1974, and two years later the band achieved mainstream success with “Leftoverture”, which included the hit song “Carry on Wayward Son”. Steinhardt sang lead on two tracks from this quintuple-platinum breakthrough, “Miracles Out of Nowhere” and “Cheyenne Anthem.” On the almost equally successful 1977 sequel, “Point of Know Return”, his lead vocals featured on four numbers: “Closet Chronicles”, “Lightning’s Hand”, “Sparks of the Tempest”, and “Hopelessly Human”.

In 1982 Steinhardt left the band and played with Rick Moon in the band Steinhardt Moon, and in the 90s the violinist also played with the band Stormbringer. In the late 90s, Steinhardt joined Kansas, but left the band again in 2006.

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