Liebezeit passed away in his sleep on Sunday (22Jan17) after a short battle with pneumonia.

The band, leading lights in the Krautrock music scene which also spawned Kraftwerk and Neu!, confirmed his passing on their official Facebook page.

"It is with great sadness we have to announce that Jaki passed away this morning from sudden pneumonia," the post

read. "He fell asleep peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. We will miss him hugely."

The percussionist was best known for his work with Can, which he founded alongside Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, David C. Johnson and Michael Karoli in 1968.

Can achieved critical and popular success in the late 1960s and 1970s with albums including Monster Movie, Tago Mago, and Future Days.

Their avant-garde sound and pioneering use of electronic production techniques led to them being cited as an influence by acts as diverse as David Bowie, Happy Mondays and the Eurythmics.

After Can split in 1979, Liebezeit appeared as a guest drummer for a number of acts, including Depeche Mode on their album Ultra.

He also worked with legendary ambient musician and composer Brian Eno, who made a short film paying tribute to Can.

Liebezeit had been due to reunite with Schmidt and American singer Malcolm Mooney, who joined the band shortly after their founding, for a concert titled The Can Project in April (17).