March 11, 2016 | Santa Monica, CA – Keith Emerson, founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer passed away earlier today at age 71. According to TMZ, Santa Monica police found Emerson’s body with a bullet wound to his head.
Bandmate, Carl Palmer released the following statement through his publicist:
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.