Ray Manzarek, a founding member and keyboardist of 1960s rock group The Doors, died on Monday at a medical clinic in Germany at age of 74 following a battle with cancer. Manzarek had been seeking treatment in Germany for bile duct cancer. He died at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his wife and brothers.

"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement. "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."

Singer Jim Morrison and Manzarek formed The Doors in 1965 after a chance meeting at Los Angeles' Venice Beach, and Manzarek's keyboard work would go on to be a touchstone of hits like "Break On Through To The Other Side" and "Light My Fire."

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and sold more than 100-million albums worldwide. The Doors broke up shortly after Morrison's death in 1971, but their mythology exploded following the 1980 publication of the biography No One Here Gets Out Alive and the 1991 film, The Doors by director Oliver Stone.

After the band's break up, Manzarek released two albums with the rock band Nite City in the late 1970s and six solo albums, most recently Translucent Blues in 2011 with blues-rock guitarist Roy Rogers. Manzarek is also the author of two novels and most notably the 1998 memoir, Light My Fire: My Life with The Doors.

Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, brothers Rick and James Manczarek, son Pablo Manzarek, Pablo's wife Sharmin and their three children Noah, Apollo and Camille.





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Posted: 21.05.2013 by Bad English



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Ace Frawley - 21.05.2013 at 13:22  
Very sad to hear. He really made some wonderful music with The Doors. Love all their albums.
qlacs - 21.05.2013 at 13:47  
Rest in Peace man. You did great back then.
Ozman - 21.05.2013 at 13:49  
Said to hear a great musician passes away like this even though I never liked anything he put out with The Doors
Sleestak - 21.05.2013 at 14:59  
I got to see him perform about 2 years ago with Robby. I was really saddened last night to hear this yesterday as the Doors music has been integral to my life.
Bad English - 21.05.2013 at 18:03  
Written by Ozman on 21.05.2013 at 13:49

Said to hear a great musician passes away like this even though I never liked anything he put out with The Doors


Better his keys whit The Doors then some modern prog and femake fronted bands who use keys and muisc sucks big time, even Doors wa snot metel and I anjouy some songs ... and his player skills was exelent
Bad English - 21.05.2013 at 18:03  
Written by Ozman on 21.05.2013 at 13:49

Said to hear a great musician passes away like this even though I never liked anything he put out with The Doors


Better his keys whit The Doors then some modern prog and femake fronted bands who use keys and muisc sucks big time, even Doors wa snot metel and I anjouy some songs ... and his player skills was exelent
Diverge - 21.05.2013 at 18:33  
His performances on The Soft Parade are marvels. He will be dearly missed.
BynersA7X - 21.05.2013 at 22:16  
What's wrong with 2013?
Chidder - 22.05.2013 at 01:05  
I'm shocked. I saw him performing live with Robbie Krieger a year ago during Legends of Rock Festival in Poland. Also Trevor Bolder from Uriah Heep dies today. He also played during last year's LoRF :/

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