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Passings: Andreas Thein of Propaganda

Andreas Thein, co-founder of the German synthpop group Propaganda, died on Thursday after battling cancer. He was 59.

ZTT Records announced his passing on their Facebook page:
We are very sad to announce that Andreas Thein passed away yesterday, after a battle with cancer. Andreas was an original co-founder of Propaganda, as well as the cult new wave groups groups Kino and Rififi.
Propaganda was founded by Ralf Dörper, Susanne Freytag and Thein in 1982. They soon added Michael Mertens and Claudia Brücken and were signed to Trevor Horn's ZTT Records.

Their first and best known single, Dr. Mabuse, was released in 1984 and went to number 27 in the U.K. and 7 in Germany.

Before the end of the year, a brewing battle between Thein and Brücken caused the band's management to ask Thein to leave, buying out his contract.

In 1990, Thein and former bandmate Dörper formed the band Riffifi, having a dance hit with Dr. Acid and Mr. House throughout Europe. Thein also formed the band Kino and had a European hit with Room in the Heart.

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