Ray Manzarek, keyboard player and founding member of legendary Rockers The Doors, has passed away at the age of 74. Manzarek died at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany today after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. According to a statement, he passed away surrounded by his wife Dorothy and his brothers Rick and James.
Manzarek co-founded The Doors after meeting their iconic, late frontman Jim Morrison in Venice Beach, CA in 1965. The group went on to sell over 100 million albums worldwide, releasing a number of seminal hit songs and six classic albums, with their moody Rock sound fueled by Manzarek's recognizable keyboard sound.
In 2002, Manzarek and Krieger began playing together again, under a number of different monikers, performing Doors hits with various other singers and musicians.
Doors guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement, "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today. I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."
Drummer John Densmore added, via Twitter, "There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison's words. Ray, I felt totally in sync with you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of. I will miss my musical brother."