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EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER Keyboardist Dead of Apparent Suicide

Emerson was dealing with depression.

Emerson was dealing with depression.

Younger metalheads might not be hip to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but if you fancy yourself a fan of progressive rock, these guys are a must-listen. Sad news to report, Keith Emerson, the founding keyboardist for the group, has died.

The band posted a confirmation on their Facebook earlier today:

Keith Emerson (1944 – 2016)We regret to announce that Keith Emerson died last night at his home in Santa Monica, Los…

Posted by Emerson, Lake & Palmer on Friday, March 11, 2016

But it gets even sadder. TMZ is reporting the death is being investigated as a suicide, with law enforcement telling the outlet that Emerson was found by his girlfriend with one gunshot to the head in their Santa Monica, CA home. The TMZ report noted that Emerson was struggling with depression after a "degenerative nerve issue in his right hand" which only allowed him to play with eight fingers, and it would only get worse.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Jam this in Emerson's memory…

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