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The Doors Co-Founder Rey Manzarek Dies at 74

Rey Manzarek on Keys

Music industry has lost one of the greatest keyboardists in rock, Hall of Famer Rey Manzarek.

Manzarek, the co-founder and keyboardist of the iconic 60’s rock band The Doors, passed away at age 74 in Rosenheim, Germany last May 20, 2013 after a long battle against bile duct cancer. He was survived by his wife Dorothy Fujikawa, his son Pablo, three grandchildren and brothers Rick and James.

Manzarek continued the band’s legacy after Jim Morrison’s death and the band was inducted in 1993 in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has also written a best-selling memoir, Light My Fire: My Life with the Doors in 1998.

It was a deep sorrow for the remaining members of the band after learning the news and to fellow musicians as well.

A great loss to the music scene. He will surely be missed.

May you rest in peace sir.

The family has requested to send donations instead of flowers to under Manzarek’s name.

As a tribute, here’s a vid of Light My Fire featuring an extended solo by Manzarek.