Kansas Violinist Robby Steinhardt On The Mend From Heart Surgery

Former Kansas violinist Robby Steinhardt is recovering from heart surgery. The instrumentalist, who anchored the band's lineup between 1973 and 1982 and again from 1997 to 2006, suffered a heart attack on August 9, for which he subsequently underwent quadruple bypass surgery.

His girlfriend updated his fans on his Facebook page, saying that he had a successful operation:

"Robby made it through an amazing surgery. He's comfortable and in good hands . . . Thank you for all your support and love. Continue sending notes, I'll make sure he gets them."

Steinhardt had been preparing to join Kansas' 40th anniversary fan-appreciation concert in Pittsburgh on August 17. The show will feature all original band members along with a 35-piece orchestra. But now, Steinhardt will have to sit the concert out.

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