Keith Emerson - RIP

Keith Emerson ~ RIP

In a year that has already robbed us of so many greats, it is now our sad duty to announce the death of Keith Emerson. A man who needs no introduction here. It is slowly emerging that Keith died at his Santa Monica (LA) home on 10th March 2016 and that he may have taken his own life. Please note this is unconfirmed at this moment in time.

Carl Palmer posted the following message: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson,” Palmer wrote in a statement. “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. He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz. I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humor, compelling showmanship and dedication to his musical craft. I am very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did together.”

Greg Lake posted this message on his website: “To all ELP friends and fans all over the world, I would like to express my deep sadness upon hearing this tragic news. As you know Keith and I spent many of the best years of our lives together and to witness his life coming to an end in the way that it has is painful, both to myself and to all who knew him.

As sad and tragic as Keith’s death is, I would not want this to be the lasting memory people take away with them. What I will always remember about Keith Emerson 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 am sure that the music he created will live on forever.”

RIP ~ Keith Noel Emerson: 1944 – 2016