San Fransisco: Going by the month gone by, it seems 2016 is a year of bad news for music enthusiasts all over the world. In an unfortunate turn of events, Paul Kantner, the founding member, singer and guitarist for rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Starship, breathed his last on Thursday, at the age of 74.
The death was due to multiple organ failure and septic shock. He had suffered a heart attack earlier in the week, according to San Francisco Chronicle.
The musician had been in ill health in the recent years, with Kantner suffering a heart attack in March 2015, according to the paper.
According to Rolling Stone, the group was formed in 1965 and within a few years, scored hits with Somebody to Love and White Rabbit. In their first run, five of the band’s seven albums went gold, including 1967’s Surrealistic Pillow and 1968’s Crown of Creation.
“Our condolences go out to the friends, family and fans of Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane on the news of his passing,” members of the Doors wrote on their Facebook page. “Music would not be the same without the sounds of The Doors and Jefferson Airplane, which both contributed so heavily to the signature sound of the Sixties and Seventies.”
Paul Lorin Kantner was born on March 17, 1941 in San Francisco. He is survived by three children Gareth, Alexander and China.