KEITH EMERSON from the prog rock group EMERSON, LAKE, AND PALMER committed suicide at his home in Santa Monica last Thursday night, by shooting himself in the head.
Keith was the group’s keyboardist, and according to reports, he’d recently been suffering from depression, as well as a degenerative nerve issue that prevented him from playing. He was 71.
His bandmate Carl Palmer said, “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.”
And Greg Lake said, quote, “What I will always remember about him was his remarkable talent as a musician and composer and his gift and passion to entertain. Music was his life and despite some of the difficulties he encountered I’m sure that the music he created will live on forever.”
On top of his work with Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, he put out a half-dozen solo albums, and composed the score for a few B-movies, including the 1981 Sylvester Stallone movie “Nighthawks”.