Legendary keyboardist Keith Emerson, founding member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died.He was 71.
Emerson’s cause of death has not been disclosed. although there is speculation that it may have been self-inflicted.
Leading the tributes and confirming his passing Carl Palmer described his bandmate, as “a pioneer and an innovator”.
He said: “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.”
The band hadn’t performed together since 2010, when they staged a 40th anniversary reunion at the High Voltage Festival in London.
Their last album, In the Hot Seat, was recorded in 1994.
Yorkshire-born Emerson, who died on Thursday night at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, played keyboards for the band, whose hits include "Fanfare for the Common Man" and “From the Beginning.”
Emerson, Lake and Palmer formed in 1970, broke up in 1979, and reformed in the early 1990s, releasing nine albums in total.
According to reports in the US, police are investigating Emerson’s death as a possible suicide.
The prog rock star’s girlfriend reportedly found him with a single gunshot wound to the head.
It was alleged he had recently been diagnosed with a medical condition that prevented him from playing keyboards.
The activities of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, collectively and individually, have been widely reported on VintageRock.com. In 2007, an interview with Keith Emerson was featured on the site. It can be view here.