Longtime Tuxedomoon bassist Peter Principle (née Peter Dachert) has died, according to bandmate Blaine Reininger. He was 63.
Reininger informed fans of the bassist's passing today (July 17) through a Facebook post, adding that he and the band "are stunned" at the news.
A statement from Tuxedomoon's news blog indicates that Principle "was found in his room at Les Ateliers Claus in Brussels, where Tuxedomoon has been preparing a new tour and new music. He was the apparent victim of a heart attack or stroke."
Dachert joined Tuxedomoon in 1979, lending his talents to the band's No Tears EP before the group signed to Ralph Records to release their debut Half-Mute in 1980.
After being inactive for much of the '90s, the band returned in 2004 to release full-length Cabin in the Sky. The band's latest album was the collaborative Blue Velvet Revisited, released alongside Cult With No Name in 2015.
Tuxedomoon were slated to appear at Amsterdam's Dekmantel Festival on August 3, in addition to London, UK, on August 4. Find Reininger's post below.