Posted: 21 May, 2013
Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for the Doors, has passed away
Keyboardist Ray Manzarek of The Doors performs at the 5th Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival launch with a celebration of The Doors at House of Blues Sunset Strip on August 16, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
Ray Manzarek, the founding keyboardist for the Doors, passed away this morning in Germany, according to a statement from his publicist.
The cause was bile duct cancer.
Triple M's Lee Simon spoke about Ray Manzarek, while Triple M Sydney's Becko added "he was the sound that defined the Doors."
"Ray Manzarek, succumbed to an illness that he'd been battling for a couple of years," Lee Simon said. "Some say the creative spark behind the band The Doors."
Manzarek was a member of the legendary rock band that formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, which effectively ended with the death of frontman Jim Morrison in 1971.
Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Pablo, and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made in Manzarek’s name to standup2cancer.org.