Keith Emerson, the keyboardist and founding member of the 1970s progressive rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died Thursday at home in Santa Monica, California. He was 71. The death was announced on Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s verified Facebook page Friday. No further details were provided.
“We ask that the family’s privacy and grief be respected,” the post read. An email to the band’s management company wasn’t immediately returned.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer included vocalist/bassist Greg Lake and drummer Carl Palmer. Palmer said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music.” Emerson grew into one of the greatest keyboardists of his generation, first as a member of the Nice before founding the prog supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer and his pioneering work with the Hammond and Moog is unparalleled.