The Doors founding member Ray Manzarek passes away

American musician Ray Manzarek, founding member of the 1960’s rock group The Doors, passed away at the age of 74. The musician’s publicist, Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald said that Manzarek died in Rosenheim, Germany and was surrounded by his family members.

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Publicist added that the news of his death was confirmed by the musician’s manager Tom Vitorino and that he died after losing his battle with bile duct cancer. The original lineup of The Doors, including drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robbie Krieger, was together for just a few years.

Together they made only six studio albums. However, the band still has a huge fan following, even after the death of Jim Morrison in 1971. The band has sold more than 100 million records and songs like ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘Riders On The Storm’ are still considered as rock favorites.

Apart from Morrison, Manzarek was the most distinctive-looking band member and his glasses and wavy blonde hair made him look more like a young English professor than a rock star. Manzarek briefly tried to hold the band together on various albums but they did not achieve any commercial success. The musician also played in other bands over the years.

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