British-born keyboardist Keith Emerson of the 1970’s progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer died from a self-inflicted single gunshot to his head, police said Friday. He was 71. Emerson’s body was found by local police at his Santa Monica, California, home in the early hours of Friday. Police have preliminarily ruled the death a potential suicide, Santa Monica police spokesman Sergeant Rudy Camarena told Reuters.
“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,” said band member and drummer Carl Palmer on his website. “He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz.”
The band posted about Emerson’s passing on Facebook, asking “that the family’s privacy and grief be respected.”
In honour of Keith Emerson, we have to post the brilliant reunion concert from 10 July, 2010, when the band was headlining the High Voltage Festival event in Victoria Park, London.