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Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek dead at 74

Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist who was a founding member of The Doors, has died at the age of 74.

Manzarek died Monday at a hospital in Germany after a long battle with bile duct cancer.

His death was confirmed by his publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald.


Manzarek co-founded The Doors with frontman Jim Morrison in 1965. The two met at UCLA where they were both studying film.

The band went on to become one of the most successful rock ‘n’ roll acts to emerge from the 1960s and continues to resonate with fans decades after Morrison’s death brought the band to an end.

After the band broke up Manzarek continued to play music and had three books published including his 1988 memoir Light My Fire: My Life with The Doors.

With files from The Associated Press