Founding member and keyboardist of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and progressive rock legend, Keith Emerson died Friday. He was 71 years old.
His former bandmate Carl Palmer and the band’s official Facebook page shared the news of Emerson’s passing in the below statement.
With Carl Palmer writing on his various social media outlets;
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson. 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. I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humour, compelling showmanship, and dedication to his musical craft. I am very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did, together. Rest in peace, Keith.”