Tangerine Dream founder -- and the band's only constant member -- Edgar Froese died on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the age of 70 at his home in Vienna. The news was reported on the official Tangerine Dream Facebook page, where the band shared that Froese passed due to effects from a pulmonary embolism. Read the full message below:

Dear Friends,

On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna.

The sadness in our hearts is immensely.

Edgar once said: 'There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address.'

Edgar, this is a little comfort to us.


Froese – born in 1944 in West Berlin – founded Tangerine Dream in 1967. Within its 50-year career and more than 100 albums, the band would go on to become leaders in the electronic music scene and forefathers to many krautrock artists.

The band rose to the spotlight with their 1973 album, ‘Atem,’ and its follow-up, 1974’s ‘Phaedra.’ Tangerine Dream also garnered attention for scoring many films, including ‘Sorcerer,’ ‘Risky Business,’ ‘Legend’ and more.

The band has remained active, with an album as recent as 2014’s ‘Chandra – The Phantom Ferry Part II’ and their score for the 2013 video game, ‘Grand Theft Auto V.’

Our thoughts go out to Froese’s family and friends.