After 28 years in the music business, French dance duo Daft Punk has officially broken up.
The pair announced the news Friday via a video on their YouTube channel titled “Epilogue”. The 8 minute video was taken from their 2006 movie Electroma.
At the time of writing, the video has 1.8 million views and almost 50,000 comments. Fans expressed their support and wished the duo well.
No official reason for the breakup has been given yet, though Daft Punk’s publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed it to music news outlet Pitchfork.
Their career as Daft Punk began following the breakup of their trio Darlin’, which featured Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo as well as Phoenix’s Laurent Brancowitz. The first album, titled “Homework”, was released in 1997 and featured singles “Da Funk” and “Alive”.
It is without question that Daft Punk has had a significant impact on not only the music industry, but popular culture as well. Their iconic helmet designs and enigmatic personalities have led to spoofs in popular adult animations The Simpsons and Family Guy, as well as children’s cartoons such as the reboot of The Powerpuff Girls.