Kansas Violinist Robby Steinhardt Passes Away At Age of 71

Founding Kansas member and original violinist Robby Steinhardt has passed away at the age of 71 in Tampa Bay, Florida, his wife, Cindy, shared on Facebook

“We are beyond devastated as our lives were about to start a new adventure. 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 wrote on her Facebook page..

Steinhardt was admitted into was admitted into the hospital with acute pancreatitis on May 13, she shared in a post Later that night he went into acute septic shock and was placed on life support.

 “65 days later, on the day he was to be released from medical care and move to the rehabilitation center to build his strength, his body had other plans. A fever set in, blood pressure became uncontrollable, the sepsis reared it’s ugly head again.”

“He died in my arms at 6:30pm Saturday July 17, 2021,” Cindy Steinhardt wrote.

Steinhardt played violin with the group from its formation in 1973 through 1982. He returned to the group from 1997 to 2006.

Kansas recorded hit songs such as “Dust in the Wind,” “Carry on Wayward Son,” “Point of Know Return” and “Play the Game Tonight.”

The group’s song “Crossfire” was nominated for best inspirational performance at the 1982 Grammys.

Steinhardt is survived by his wife Cindy and daughter Becky.

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