Ray Manzarek, one of the co-founders of The Doors has passed away from bile duct cancer at the age of 74.
Ray Manzarek — who co-founded “The Doors” with Jim Morrison in 1965 and played keyboard — has died, this according to the band’s official Facebook page. Manzarek was 74.
According to the website, Manzarek passed away today at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. At the time of his death, Ray was surrounded by his wife Dorothy and his brothers Rick and James.
Along with Jim … Ray and The Doors churned out some of the most iconic rock songs in history — including, “L.A. Woman,” “Break On Through to the Other Side,” “The End,” “Hello, I Love You,” and “Light My Fire.”
Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger released a statement saying, “I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek.” He added, “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.“
According to the band’s official Facebook page … Ray’s family has asked that in lieu of flowers, fans should make an in memoriam donation in Ray’s name to Standup2cancer.org.
In 1993, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder inducted The Doors into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and joined the band on “Break On Through to the Other Side”. I was raised on The Doors and The Beatles, but I did love seeing one of our Seattle icons take the mic with the band, even though I know some of you may not agree. If you watch this, you’ll see how much Ray was enjoying himself during the performance.
Rest in peace, Ray.
Oh, and fuck cancer.