Alan Myers, best known as Devo's drummer of 10 years, died of brain cancer Monday.
His death was initially reported on Facebook by jazz musician and friend Myers Ralph Carney.
"He was Devo's best drummer and one of the first people to teach me about jazz," Carney wrote late Tuesday.
"An underrated/brilliant drummer," current Devo member Josh Freese tweeted hours later. "Such an honor playing his parts w/ Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome."
Myers joined Devo in 1976 as the band's third drummer and left a decade later because of creative differences. He was featured on the new wave band's hit single Whip It in 1980, along with classic tunes such as (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction and Freedom of Choice.
Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY