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May 20th, 2013, 11:26 PM
Ray Manzarek Dead: The Doors Founding Member Dies at 74

Us Weekly – 5 hours ago

http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/BkSCxqcerEB1Xu_zx0qcsw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7aD00NzQ7cT04NTtzbT0xO3c9NDQz/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/USWeekly/1369087424_125468495_ray-manzarek-467.jpgAnother rock legend is lost. Ray Manzarek, a keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, passed away on Monday, May 20. He was 74.
According to the band's official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/thedoors%20), Manzarek died at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after battling bile duct cancer. The statement says that he was surrounded by his wife, Dorothy, and his brothers, Rick and James, at the time of his death.
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Manzarek co-founded The Doors with Jim Morrison in 1965 after a "chance encounter" on Venice Beach, the Facebook post reads.
During his time with The Doors, the rock band sold more than 100 million records worldwide and gained recognition with their hits, including "L.A. Woman," "The End," "Hello, I Love You" and more.
After Morrison died in 1971, Manzarek became a best-selling author, publishing a memoir in 1998 and two novels: one in 2001 and the other in 2006.
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Fellow Doors member, guitarist Robby Krieger, expressed his grief over the news.
"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek," he said via Facebook. "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."
Manzarek is also survived by a son, Pablo, a daughter-in-law, Sharmin, and three grandchildren, Noah, Apollo and Camille.

May 20th, 2013, 11:28 PM
By Andy Greene (http://www.rollingstone.com/contributor/andy-greene)
May 20, 2013 5:50 PM ET

Ray Manzarek
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Doors (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/the-doors) co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek died today (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151465310183412&l=6f1dd174e9) in Rosenheim, Germany after a long battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74.

"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," 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."

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Manzarek grew up in Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles in 1962 to study film at UCLA. It was there he first met Doors singer Jim Morrison, though they didn't talk about forming a band until they bumped into each other on a beach in Venice, California in the summer of 1965 and Morrison told Manzarek that he had been working on some music. "And there it was!" Manzarek wrote in his 1998 biography, Light My Fire. "It dropped quite simply, quite innocently from his lips, but it changed our collective destinies."

They quickly teamed up with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger and began playing gigs around Los Angeles. About a year later, the Doors recorded their debut album for Elektra Records. "We knew once people heard us, we'd be unstoppable," Manzarek wrote in his memoir. "We knew what the people wanted: the same thing the Doors wanted. Freedom."

The Doors didn't have a bassist, so Manzarek often played the bass parts on his Fender Rhodes piano. He also played a Vox Continental organ, which can be heard on the famous intro to "Light My Fire" and numerous other Doors classics. The group shared credit on most songs and split all profits evenly.

The group carried on for two more albums after Jim Morrison died in July of 1971, but they split in 1973. Manzarek remained extremely busy, producing albums for X and playing with Iggy Pop, Echo and the Bunnymen and others. In 2002, he began touring as the Doors of the 21st Century with Krieger and Cult frontman Ian Astbury. Doors drummer John Densmore filed a lawsuit over the use of the name and it lead to a protracted legal battle (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-doors-john-densmore-talks-about-the-bands-ugly-six-year-feud-20130508).

"Morrison required all three of us diving into his lyrics and creating music that would swirl around him," Manzarek told Rolling Stone in 2006. "Without Jim, everybody started shooting off in different directions. . . The Doors was the perfect mixture of four guys, four egos that balanced each other. There were never any problems with 'You wrote this' or 'I wrote that.' But [after Jim died] the whole dynamic was screwed up, because the fourth guy wasn't there."

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May 21st, 2013, 01:37 AM
Please forgive me, I am briefly hijacking this thread. Taylor Mead died a couple of weeks ago. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Mead

May 21st, 2013, 03:52 PM
I'd forgotten about him. Very close to Ray's death.