Greg Lake of progressive rock icons Emerson, Lake and Palmer has died aged 69.
Lake passed away yesterday after a ‘long and stubborn battle with cancer’, announced manager Stewart Young.
Daily Mail reports,
His death comes just nine months after the passing of his bandmate, Keith Emerson.
Young wrote on Lake’s website: ‘Yesterday, December 7, I lost my best friends to a long and stubborn battle with cancer.
‘Greg Lake will stay in my heart forever, as he has always been. His family be grateful for privacy this time of their grief.’
Lake first achieved acclaim as the lead singer and bass guitar player of King Crimson, who he formed with Robert Fripp in the late 1960s.
After meeting Keith Emerson during a tour of the US and Carl Palmer while back in England, the trio went on to form ELP and became known for ambitious theatrical shows and tracks that combined varied musical influences, including rock and classical.
Their 1971 debut album, Emerson Lake and Palmer went platinum and the group went onto sell 48 million records.
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