12:04 21 May 2013
Ray Manzarek, the keyboard player of American rock band The Doors, has died. The star, who helped form the band, sadly died at the ageof 74 after reportedly battling with cancer.
It is understood Manzarek passed away in a clinic in Germany surrounded by his loved ones.
Following the sad news of his death, band member Robby Krieger said in a statement: “I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today.
Adding: “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 helped found The Doors in the mid-60s after meeting Jim Morrison in Los Angeles, US. Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, sadly passed away in 1971.
Following this, the rock group split some years later. During their career The Doors had much success including hits such as ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘Riders on the Storm’.
It is understood that Manzarek went on to perform with other artists after the band split.
Albums released by The Doors include; Strange Days, The Soft Parade and L.A. Woman, among others.
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