Stars including Slash and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day have paid tribute to Ray Manzarek of The Doors, who died yesterday (May 20).
The tributes flowed after the news was broken on The Doors’ official Facebook page, which revealed that the keyboardist and founding member of the classic rock band passed away at 12:31pm at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany. They add that Manzarek was surrounded by family, his brothers Rick and James and his wife Dorothy at the time of his passing. Read NME‘s guide to Manzarek’s five greatest keyboard riffs here.
Leading the tributes was guitarist Slash, who wrote: “The Doors represent the LA sound to me. It was the 1st band I remember hearing when I came from England; “Light my fire,” I’ll never forget.” He was joined by former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic who tweeted simply: “Thanks for the great music Ray Manzarek!”
Other musicians who have paid tribute to Manzarek include Billy Idol, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, Carl Barat, Chuck D and Carl Barat. Scroll down to see a collection of the tweets now.
The Doors formed in 1965 after frontman Jim Morrison met film studies student Manzarek on Venice Beach in Los Angeles. After The Doors disbanded following the death of Morrison in 1971, Manzarek continued to make music, releasing a number of solo albums and then as part of the group Nite City.
The Facebook post adds: “Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, brothers Rick and James Manczarek, son Pablo Manzarek, Pablo’s wife Sharmin and their three children Noah, Apollo and Camille. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorium donation in Ray Manzarek’s name at Standup2cancer.org.”