OOIOO co-founder and guitarist Kyoko has died.
Her former bandmate Yoshimi P-We, also known as one half of Boredoms’ drum section, revealed the news on Instagram with a photo of the all-female outfit in its early years.
“This is Yoshimio. I regret to inform you that my friend, Kyoko has passed away morning on July 19th.
“Kyoko came from same hometown as I am . We started OOIOO together. She was the first guitar player of OOIOO. She left the band to concentrate to cure her illness but she came to help selling merchandise sometimes to our shows. She started the band with Itoken who was also her longtime partner.
“Kyoko was 183cm tall. She was on her own pace, optimistic and natural blur. I loved her very much. I do not like to believe she is no longer with us anymore. I love to see her again.”
The experimental outfit released their self-titled debut album in 1997. Their seventh album, last year’s excellent Gamel, came out on Thrill Jockey last year.