Greg Lake of the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer has passed away at the age of 69. Lake co-founded Emerson, Lake and Palmer and was also a pivotal member of King Crimson.
The Progressive Rock pioneer passed away nine months after friend and bandmate Keith Emerson. His manager told BBC that he had been struggling with cancer.
The remaining member of the trio, Carl Palmer, wrote in a statement, “It is with great sadness that I must now say goodbye to my friend and fellow bandmate, Greg Lake. Greg’s soaring voice and skill as a musician will be remembered by all who knew his music and recordings he made with ELP and King Crimson. I have fond memories of those great years we had in the 1970s and many memorable shows we performed together. Having lost Keith this year as well has made this particularly hard for all of us. As Greg sang at the end of Pictures at an Exhibition, ‘death is life.’ His music can now live forever in the hearts of all who loved him.”