Jefferson Airplane Guitarist and Co-Founder, Paul Kantner, Dies at Age 74

R.I.P. Paul Kantner.

Founding member of Jefferson Airplane, guitarist and singer Kantner died Thursday (Jan. 28) of multiple organ failure and septic shock at the age 74.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, he suffered a heart attack earlier in the week, one back in March 2015, and had been battling ill health.

His death was confirmed by longtime publicist and friend, Cynthia Bowman.

Kantner founded the band in 1965 with Marty Balin, Jack Casady, Spencer Dryden, Jorma Kaukonen and Grace Slick. They’re known for hits like “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.”

From 1965-1972, the band was a pioneer in the Bay Area counterculture psychedelic rock scene, becoming the defining force behind what’s now known as the “San Francisco sound.”

In 1974, he went on to form The Jefferson Airplane spinoff group, Jefferson Starship, with Slick. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with other band members in 1996.

[SF Chronicle]