Damo Suzuki dies at 74: The Japanese-born musician passes away after fighting cancer off and on for 30 years

Damo Suzuki died at the age of 74.

The Japanese-born music star – who fronted the experimental rock group Can at the height of their creative powers – died on Friday.

A message posted on Can’s Instagram account read: ‘It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our wonderful friend Damo Suzuki, yesterday, Friday 9 February 2024.

‘His boundless creative energy has touched so many around the world, not only with Can, but also with his continent-wide network tour. Damo’s kind soul and cheeky smile will be forever missed.’

The musician was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014, after being diagnosed with the disease 30 years earlier.

Damo Suzuki has died at the age of 74.  The Japanese-born music star - who fronted the experimental rock band Can at the height of their creative powers - died on Friday;  seen in 2016

Damo Suzuki has died at the age of 74. The Japanese-born music star – who fronted the experimental rock band Can at the height of their creative powers – died on Friday; seen in 2016

A message posted on Can's Instagram account read: 'It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our wonderful friend Damo Suzuki, yesterday, Friday 9 February 2024';  seen in 2010

A message posted on Can’s Instagram account read: ‘It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our wonderful friend Damo Suzuki, yesterday, Friday 9 February 2024’; seen in 2010

In 2014, Suzuki was actually only given a ten percent chance of survival.

But in 2022, Suzuki revealed that he remains optimistic despite his health problems.

He told the Guardian newspaper at the time: ‘Everything is fine. I’m optimistic and if you have positive thoughts, everything will be fine.’

Suzuki actually stopped making music for a decade after leaving Can.

However, the singer insisted that he does not look back on his career choices with any regrets.

Suzuki – who left Can in 1973, before eventually returning to the music scene – shared: ‘I’m not interested in holding on to the past because I can’t change it.

'His boundless creative energy has touched so many around the world, not only with Can, but also with his continent-wide network tour';  seen in 2007

‘His boundless creative energy has touched so many around the world, not only with Can, but also with his continent-wide network tour’; seen in 2007

It added, 'Damo's kind soul and cheeky smile will be forever missed';  seen in 2016

It added, ‘Damo’s kind soul and cheeky smile will be forever missed’; seen in 2016

German experimental rock band Can, from left to right;  Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Damo Suzuki, Irmidt Schmidt and Jaki Leibzeit, during the Tago Mago period

German experimental rock band Can, from left to right; Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Damo Suzuki, Irmidt Schmidt and Jaki Leibzeit, during the Tago Mago period

‘If I can’t change it, I don’t want to spend time there.

“I like to spend time in the now because there I can create something new, but in the past I can’t.”

Suzuki also explained that he is constantly looking for innovation.

He said: ‘I don’t like to play the same piece over and over again.

‘Repetition is boring. Every performance should be a unique experience.’