Progressive rock legend Keith Emerson dies.  He was a founding member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer in 1970. His friend and band mate Greg Lake gave us this statement;

To all ELP friends and fans all over the world, I would like to express my deep sadness upon hearing this tragic news. As you know Keith and I spent many of the best years of our lives together and to witness his life coming to an end in the way that it has is painful, both to myself and to all who knew him.

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.

My deepest condolences go to Keith’s family. May he now be at peace.

Greg Lake London – March 12, 2016

Greg and Keith Neal Preston photo cropped

Keith Emerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Santa Monica police confirmed His death was being investigated as a suicide they added.