Robby Steinhardt (Kansas) has died at 71

Robert “Robby” Eugene Steinhardt – known as the longtime violinist and vocalist for legendary rockers Kansas (from the years 1973–1982 and 1997–2006) – has died at the age of 71 due to complications from acute pancreatitis.

Via Loudersound, a statement from Robby’s family reads as follows:

Robert Eugene Steinhardt, was well recognised as a founding member and original violinist and vocalist for the rock band Kansas. His violin and vocals on, Dust in The Wind, Point Of No Return and Carry On Wayward Son, have etched Robby a solid place in rock history.

Robby had been recording his new album with producer Michael Franklin, who put together an all-star cast of famous musicians in support of Robby’s comeback. Steinhardt was very proud of this project, slated for release in late 2021. He had begun rehearsals for a national tour when he became ill.

Robby is survived by his wife Cindy, and daughter Becky. Steinhardt was 71 years old. He will be deeply missed by all he knew and his music will last forever. A memorial will be announced in the future.

Kansas have released their own statement on Robby’s passing, which says:

The members of the band KANSAS, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt.

Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds, and in our music.

What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts, and to the sound of KANSAS, will always be heartfelt.

We love him and will miss him always.


Robby contributed to all Kansas releases from ‘Kansas’ (1974) to ‘Vinyl Confessions’ (1982), and ‘Always Never the Same’ (1998), ‘Somewhere to Elsewhere’ (2000), and ‘Device – Voice – Drum’ (2002).

See tributes to Robby below. RIP.

Featured photo by Cindy Steinhardt / Steinhardt Studios via

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