Damo Suzuki, lead singer of Can, dies of cancer at 74

February 11, 2024

Damo Suzuki, lead singer of the German band Can, passed away on Friday at the age of 74 marking the end of a long battle with colon cancer.

A statement from the band's page read, "It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our wonderful friend Damo Suzuki, yesterday, Friday 9th February 2024. His boundless creative energy has touched so many over the whole world, not just with Can, but also with his all continent spanning Network Tour. Damo’s kind soul and cheeky smile will be forever missed. He will be joining Michael, Jaki and Holger for a fantastic jam!"

Suzuki was originally from Japan but was brought in to replace Can's original vocalist in 1970 and would perform with the group for the next few years, arguably some of the band's best.

Suzuki would sing for Can's biggest albums, Soundtracks, Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi and Future Days.

After completing Future Days, Suzuki ended up leaving the band after marrying his girlfriend and getting deeply involved with family life. While he wouldn't return to the industry for another 10 years, his band mates didn't forget him.

Suzuki was an influential singer and will be missed both by family and fans.