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Florian Schneider-Esleben, a co-founder of German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, has died, record label Sony said. He was 73.

Citing fellow group founder Ralf Huetter, Sony said that Schneider-Esleben had been suffering from cancer, German news agency dpa reported.

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(FILES) This file photo taken on January 06, 2015 shows the piece "Roboter" of the German band Kraftwerk performed during a concert at the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery) museum in Berlin. Germany's highest court on May 31, 2016 struck down a challenge by electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk against a hip-hop artist's two-second sample of their tune, in a dispute that erupted almost two decades ago. / AFP / JOHN MACDOUGALL Image Credit: AFP

Schneider-Esleben and Huetter started working together in 1968. In 1970, they founded the Kling-Klang-Studio in Duesseldorf and launched Kraftwerk.

Schneider-Esleben was involved in Kraftwerk albums including Autobahn, Radio-Activity, Trans-Europe Express, The Man-Machine and Tour de France. He left Kraftwerk in 2008.

Kraftwerk won a Grammy award for lifetime achievement in 2014.