Kansas band violinist and co-lead vocalist dies at the age of 71

Kansas band violinist and co-lead vocalist, Robert Steinhardt, 71, died on Saturday, July 17 due to acute pancreatitis.

Steinhardt was admitted to Tampa General Hospital due to pancreatitis on May 13. Later that night he went into acute septic shock and was placed on life support. He was scheduled to be shifted to a rehabilitation center that evening. 

The news was confirmed by Steinhardt’s wife Cindy on July 19 through a Facebook post. “It is with an extremely heavy broken heart that I have to announce to the world, we have lost one of the most incredible people of our time, Robby Steinhardt has passed away.” She said in the post. 

“Robby just recorded his first solo album with the talented music producer Michael Franklin at Solar Studios. A tour to start in August, Robby was so looking forward to being back on stage doing what he loved.” She further added. 

The members of the Kansas band stated on Facebook “ The members of the band KANSAS, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt. Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds, and in our music. What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts, and to the sound of KANSAS, will always be heartfelt.”

Steinhardt joined the band in 1972. By 1974, the band got international recognition with their self-titled debut, releasing the hit single “Carry on Wayward Son.” In 1984, he left the band to pursue his projects with Rich Moon, before rejoining the band in the 1990s. He left the band again in 2006.