Keith Emerson has died at the age of 71. He was a founding member and keyboardist of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Carl Palmer confirmed his death on Facebook.
Keith Emerson (1944 – 2016)
We regret to announce that Keith Emerson died last night at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, aged 71. We ask that the family’s privacy and grief be respected.
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Sources told TMZ that Emerson had 1 gunshot to the head when he was found. However, they could not confirm that it was a suicide.
Carl Palme wrote a statement on Facebook regarding Keith’s death.
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 humor, 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.
March 11, 2016
At the time Keith passed he had a degenerative nerve issue in his right hand which caused him to only be able to play the keyboard with 8 fingers. He knew his condition was only going to get worse and because of that, he was struggling with depression.
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