Keith Emerson, Prog Rock Legend, Has Died
Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:39:20
Keith Emerson, the keyboardist and co-founding member of the progressive rock trio Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, has died. According to Billboard, the Santa Monica Police have ruled his death a suicide. He was 71.
On Friday March 11, the band posted on Facebook: "We regret to announce that Keith Emerson died last night at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, aged 71. We ask that the family's privacy and grief be respected."
TMZ shared information regarding Emerson's cause of death. "Law enforcement sources tell us Emerson had a single gunshot wound to the head when his girlfriend found him in their home in Santa Monica.
The Emerson, Lake & Palmer co-founder had recently been suffering from a serious medical problem -- a degenerative nerve issue in his right hand ... according to our sources. We're told he could only play the keyboard with 8 fingers at this point and knew it was only going to get worse.
As a result, he was struggling with depression."
Co-founding member, drummer, Carl Palmer has posted a note on his website, where he said, "Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come. He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz."
Palmer also announced plans to honor his bandmate with a tribute show, with details forthcoming. He has shared his initial plans: "I will be looking at putting together a tribute show to Keith Emerson hopefully in June this year, and I hope this is something you will all want to come along and see to help celebrate his music."
Guitarist and co-founding member, Greg Lake has also responded with a note on his website, where he writes, "As sad and tragic as Keith's death is, I would not want this to be the lasting memory people take away with them. What I will always remember about Keith Emerson was his remarkable talent as a musician and composer and his gift and passion to entertain. Music was his life and despite some of the difficulties he encountered I am sure that the music he created will live on forever."
Artists have taken to Twitter to respond to the news of Emerson's passing.
Keith Emerson- my hero, my friend. He's left the planet for higher ground. I'll miss him forever. pic.twitter.com/JvcAjOuU28— Jordan Rudess (@Jcrudess) March 11, 2016
The most gangster Hammond organ solo of all time. Keith Emerson, rest in peace. https://t.co/MergEUgfoH— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) March 12, 2016
Dear Keith Emerson has left us too soon. Many great memories a truly gentleman. Rest in peace.— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) March 12, 2016
R.I.P. Keith... Yet Another...— Julian Lennon (@JulianLennon) March 12, 2016
Condolences to his Family & friends.... heart emoticon x
What is going on!?! ;( https://t.co/QCrG89QVEk
Now Keith Emerson has died.Very odd,I felt compelled yesterday to pull out and play a NICE Greatest Hits,a really strong compulsion,spooky.— XTC (@xtcfans) March 11, 2016
Keith Emerson… R.I.P.— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) March 11, 2016
For more on Emerson, Lake, and Palmer:
CARL PALMER Says He Turned Down Opportunity To Play With BLACK SABBATH
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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