Wow — this is so shocking and incredibly sad. Keith Emerson, who was the founding member of keyboardist of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, was found dead late Thursday, March 10, according to a new report. TMZ also learned his pass was ‘sudden.’ Get all the details here.
The world just lost another icon. Founding member and keyboardist of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Keith Emerson, was found dead on Thursday, March 10, a surprising new report claims. The talented musician’s body was discovered by his girlfriend, who said his passing was completely unexpected and very “sudden.” So sad.
Keith’s tragic passing was first reported by TMZ, and they were told by a source about his girlfriend discovering his body. Meanwhile, Keith’s death was confirmed on the band’s official Facebook page, but no cause of death was revealed. He was 71 years old.
Keith’s bandmate, Carl Palmer, released a beautiful statement about his longtime friend and “brother-in-music” to HollywoodLife.com. He said, “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.”
Emerson, Lake and Palmer was one of the most popular rock bands of the 1970s. And Keith’s solos were legendary. He will sorely be missed.
Our thoughts go out to Keith’s family and friends during this difficult time.