Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and a founding member of the legendary band The Doors has died at the age of 74.
Manzarek passed away Monday at RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany of bile duct cancer, surrounding by his family.
Ray Manzarek’s agent, Tom Vitorino, confirmed the keyboardist died around 3:30 p.m. after secretly battling cancer.
Manzarek founded The Doors with Jim Morrison in California, going on to become on of the most successful and popular rock bands of their day.
Ray continued to be active in music following the death of Jim Morrison in 1971. He originally tried to keep The Doors together but the group eventually split.
The Doors, who are known for their hits songs including “Light My Fire”, “L.A. Woman”, “Break On Through to the Other Side”, and “Hello I Love You”.
Here’s Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger performing with Marilyn Manson:
Manzarek is survived by his wife, Dorothy, his son Pablo and two brothers, Rick and James.
The Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger released a statement after learning of Ray Manzarek’s death, stating, “I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek.”
He added, “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.”
Ray’s family has asked that in lieu of flowers, fans should make a donation in Ray’s name to Standup2cancer.org.
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