DAF’s Gabi Delgado-López passes away at 61

    A founding father of electropunk is gone.

    Gabi Delgado-Lopez of DAF
    Gabi Delgado-López of DAF performing in 2015. Image: Stefan Hoederath/Redferns

    Gabi Delgado-López, vocalist of influential German electropunk duo DAF, has died. He was 61.

    Fellow DAF bandmate Robert Görl broke the news on Instagram. “I found out today that my longtime friend and bandmate Gabi Delgado-López passed away last night,” he wrote in German, as translated by Resident Advisor.

    DAF—short for Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft—first formed in 1978 as a five-piece outfit. By the early ’80s, the group whittled down to just Delgado-López and Görl, who would sign with Virgin Records and release their breakthrough 1981 album Alles ist Gut.

    The duo released three more albums throughout the ’80s, including their sole English-language LP, 1986’s 1st Step to Heaven. They would go their separate ways after the record to work on solo careers, before reuniting in 2003 for their final full-length release, Fünfzehn neue DAF-Lieder.

    RIP, Gabi Delgado-López. Listen to DAF’s breakthrough 1981 album Alles ist Gut here: