Keith Emerson dead: Prog rock legend's death 'being treated as suicide'

Baku, March 12, AZERTAC

Keith Emerson, the co-founder of British prog-rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, has died aged 71, according to Independent.

Long-term bandmate Carl Palmer confirmed the news saying Emerson had died at his home in Santa Monica, California.

Police told BBC News the death was being investigated as a suicide. The broadcaster said officers had confirmed earlier US media reports that Emerson had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

A statement on the band’s Facebook page read: “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.

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