Obituary: The Doors' Ray Manzarek, Dead at 74
Mon, 20 May 2013 14:57:55
It is with a heavy heart that we report Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, passed away today, May 20, at 12:31PM PT at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany. The classic rocker had been engaged in a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74.
At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.
Manzarek is best known for his work with The Doors, who formed in 1965 when Manzarek had a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison. The Doors went on to become one of the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide. Legends, they were.
After Morrison's death in 1971, Manzarek went on to become a best-selling author, and a Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right. In 2002, he revitalized his touring career with Doors' guitarist and long-time collaborator, Robby Krieger.
"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," said Krieger. "I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."
Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, brothers Rick and James Manczarek, son Pablo Manzarek, Pablo's wife Sharmin and their three children Noah, Apollo and Camille. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memoriam donation in Ray Manzarek's name StandUp2Cancer.
R.I.P., Ray! Your musical legacy will comfort fans, friends and family, and will live on forever.
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