By Hayden Wright
Greg Lake, who gained notoriety as a founding member of King Crimson and pioneered progressive rock with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, passed away yesterday at age 69. The singer and multi-instrumentalist lost a lengthy cancer battle, according to close friend Stewart Young.
“Yesterday, December 7th, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer,” he wrote. “Greg Lake will stay in my heart for ever, as he has always been. His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief.”
As a progressive rock icon, Lake was part of the movement that brought symphonic elements—Moog synthesizers, Hammond organs—into the rock and roll genre. Earlier this year, Lake expressed condolences for his Emerson, Lake & Palmer bandmate Keith Emerson, who died from suicide.
“He lived, in the end, this very lonely existence of someone who was deeply troubled,” Lake said of Emerson. “I saw someone who became increasingly confused, desperate and depressed.”
Here are some Twitter tributes to Lake following the news:
Another sad loss with the passing of Greg Lake....You left some great music with us my friend & so like Keith , you will live on.—
Rick Wakeman (@GrumpyOldRick) December 08, 2016
Music bows its head to acknowledge the passing of a great musician and singer, Greg Lake.—
Steve Hackett (@HackettOfficial) December 08, 2016
And now, I'm so sad to hear of the passing of a musical giant in my genre. Yesterday, my dear friend Greg Lake died from cancer. RIP.—
John Wetton (@arkangel2605) December 08, 2016
RIP Greg Lake—
maryanne hobbs (@maryannehobbs) December 08, 2016