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Paul Kantner, co-founder of Jefferson Airplane, dead at 74

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Paul Kantner, the founding member of Jefferson Airplane, died Thursday, his publicist confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle. He was 74.

Kantner died of multiple organ failure and septic shock, his publicist told the SF Chronicle.

In recent years before his death, Kantner suffered from multiple health issues, including a heart attack last March.

Jefferson Airplane, the first “San Francisco sound” bands, was known for its hits “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.” The 1965 band helped pioneer the psychedelic blues-rock sound.

Kantner eventually recorded a solo album in the early 70s. He and band member Grace Slick transformed Jefferson Airplane to Jefferson Starship. Kantner eventually quit the group in 1984 but rejoined in 1992 and continued to play with them until he died.

He was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

“Our condolences go out to the friends, family and fans of Paul Kantner ofJefferson Airplane on the news of his passing. Music would not be the same without the sounds of The Doors and Jefferson Airplane, which both contributed so heavily to the signature sound of the 60s and 70s,” members of The Doors wrote on Facebook.

Kantner is survived by his three children — sons Gareth and Alexander, and daughter China.