Last night, Friday, Keith Emerson committed suicide by gunshot.
Emerson was famous as one of the founding members of prog rock legends, Emerson, Lake and Palmer. He was a talented keyboardist pushing the boundaries of his instrument, well known for his showmanship on stage. AllMusic described him as “perhaps the greatest, most technically accomplished keyboardist in rock history.”
Why Emerson killed himself is still unknown but it’s likely because he was suffering from depression, partly as the result of a degenerative nerve issue in his right hand.
Emerson: “RIP David Bowie: I first met David one afternoon in the mid ’60’s at London’s Marque Club which was then in Wardour Street. I was in the lobby getting ready for a sound check. David had a band called “The Buzz’ and used to play there Sundays.”
Emerson: “Farewell Lemmy. In the late 60’s Lemmy and The Nice toured England. Lemmy was our Road Manager and he presented a formidable figure of someone that did not take any prisoners or suffer fools gladly.”
But now it’s the turn of others to pay tribute, this time to Emerson.
“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,” said former bandmate, Carl Palmer.