How did Robert Eugene Steinhardt die? Kansas violinist, 71, was making new album before death

Robert Steinhardt's wife Cindy Steinhardt revealed that the Kansas frontman died at a hospital in Tampa, Florida

                            How did Robert Eugene Steinhardt die? Kansas violinist, 71, was making new album before death
Robert Steinhardt was the co-founder of the rock band Kansas (Twitter)

Robert E 'Robby' Steinhardt, a violinist and vocalist for the progressive rock band Kansas, died on Saturday, July 17. He was 71 years old. Steinhardt died due to complications from pancreatitis.

Steinhardt's wife, Cindy Steinhardt, revealed he died at a hospital in Tampa, Florida. We have witnessed the demise of many great stars in the year 2021. Sophie, Harold Budd and Sound Sultan are to name a few.


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Robert Steinhardt's family released a statement that said, "Robert Eugene Steinhardt was well recognized as a founding member and original violinist and vocalist for the rock band Kansas. His violin and vocals on 'Dust in the Wind,' 'Point of No Return' and 'Carry on Wayward Son' have etched Robby a solid place in rock history. Robby had been recording his new album with producer Michael Franklin, who put together an all-star cast of famous musicians in support of Robby’s comeback. Steinhardt was very proud of this project, slated for release in late 2021. He had begun rehearsals for a national tour when he became ill."

Born on May 25, 1950, Steinhardt grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. He was the adopted son of Ilse and Milton Steinhardt. He was the co-founder of the rock band Kansas teaming up with Topeka West High School graduates Kerry Livgren, Rich Williams, Phil Ehart, Dave Hope and Steve Walsh. Steinhardt performed with 'Kansas' from 1973 to 1982 and again from 1997 to 2006. 'Kansas' sold more than 15 million records and gave seven top 40 hits, including 'Dust in the Wind' and 'Carry on Wayward Son'. The band is now in Atlanta and continues to perform with Williams and Ehart as the only original remaining members.

'Thanks for all the music'

Fans remembered Robby for his great performances and paid condolence over his death. One fan wrote, "One of d greatest bands ever, an amazing vocal and artist, their latest album is a masterpiece just like each one of their previous albums! RIP Robby!" Another tweeted, "Farewell Robby. Thanks for all the music." One fan commented, "One of my favorite rock musicians, the signature visual of @KansasBand and for me a bridge from classical music to progressive rock music. I had the pleasure of meeting Robby numerous times and always enjoyed it. He will be sorely missed."




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