His death 'being treated as suicide'
Emerson, Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson has died at the age of 71.
The news was confirmed by on the band’s Facebook page and their official website.
A statement reads: "We regret to announce that Keith Emerson died last night at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, aged 71. We ask that the family’s privacy and grief be respected."
The keyboard player’s body was discovered at his home on Thursday by, it was reported, his girlfriend. He had been scheduled to travel to Japan on tour next week.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer formed in Croydon in 1970 and came to prominence after performing at the Isle of Wight festival later that year.
They rose to become one of the most popular bands of the seventies, and were voted in at number seven on Rolling Stone’s 2011 Reader Poll of the best prog-rock acts of all time.
Emerson was regarded as one of the best keyboard players of his generation.
In a statement, his bandmate Carl Palmer adds: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith 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. He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz.
"I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humour, compelling showmanship, and dedication to his musical craft.
"I am very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did, together. Rest in peace, Keith."