Guitarist and founding member of Jefferson Airplane Paul Kantner has died at the age of 74, according to multiple reports.
Kantner’s publicist confirmed the news to the San Francisco Chronicle that said he died Thursday of multiple organ failure.
He is survived by the remaining founding members of the band Jack Casady, Grace Slick, Marty Balin and Jorma Kaukonen. Kantner was also a founding member of the band’s spin-off project Jefferson Starship.
Forming the band in 1965 with Balin, the pair had met in the Drinking Ground, a folk bar in San Francisco.
The band – known for their hits “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” — performed at the original Woodstock festival in 1969.
In 1981, Kantner spoke to PEOPLE about how he had recovered from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 39.
Kantner was hospitalized for only 10 days, and after a few weeks’ rest at home he was given a clean bill of health. “The doctors said, ‘Do everything you normally do’—and I have,” he said at the time.
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