Kansas singer, violinist Robby Steinhardt has died at 71

Robby Steinhardt, the co-lead vocalist of Kansas whose violin playing helped give the band its distinctive sound, died Saturday from a combination of acute pancreatitis and sceptic shock, his wife, Cindy Steinhardt, said Monday. He was 71. Robby Steinhardt had been in a Tampa hospital since May 13, and he suffered a second, fatal sepsis infection July 17, a day before he was scheduled to be transferred to a rehab center, his wife said in a social media post.

"We are beyond devastated as our lives were about to start a new adventure," Cindy Steinhardt wrote. "Robby just recorded his first solo album," and with "a tour to start in August, Robby was so looking forward to being back on stage doing what he loved." The band Kansas also released a statement saying band members, "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. ... We love him and will miss him always."

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