Kraftwerk Image Credit: Reuters

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.

(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.