Founding member of 'The Doors' Ray Manzarek passes away at 74

MUMBAI: The co-founder and keyboard player of rock band ‘The Doors‘, Ray Manzarek, has left for heavenly abode after a long battle with cancer. He was 74.
The legend, who suffered from bile duct cancer - for many years, was surrounded by his wife Dorothy and brothers in hospital in Rosenheim, Germany, when he passed away.

The Doors‘ guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement: "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today. 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."
After the split of the band in 1973, Manzarek remained busy in its aftermath playing with artists including Iggy Pop and Echo and the Bunnymen.

Manzarek grew up in Chicago and moved to LA in 1962 to study film at UCLA, where he first met ‘Doors‘ singer Jim Morrison and later, they formed the band together.

Manzarek is survived by his wife, two brothers, a son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

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