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The Doors founding member Ray Manzarek dies

One of the founding members of the iconic ’60s band The Doors died on Monday. Ray Manzarek passed away from bile duct cancer with his wife at his side.

Ray Manzarek

He was and will be one of the greats, to say the least!

Ray Manzarek, best known as one of the founding members of The Doors, has died after a long battle with bile duct cancer in Rosenheim, Germany, on Monday. He was 74 years old.

Manzarek met Jim Morrison in the 1960s while studying at UCLA. The two went on to create one of the most influential bands of the era, with the help of guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore. After Morrison’s death in 1971, The Doors broke up, but Manzarek continued releasing music through solo and collaborative efforts.

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“Manzarek is best known for his work with The Doors, who formed in 1965 when Manzarek had a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison. The Doors went on to become one of the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide,” read the Facebook announcement.

“After Morrison’s death in 1971, Manzarek went on to become a best-selling author and a Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right. In 2002, he revitalized his touring career with Doors’ guitarist and long-time collaborator, Robby Krieger.”

Krieger confirmed the death and released his own statement: “I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek. 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 died with his wife, Dorothy, and brothers Rick and James by his side.

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