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Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors, dies at 74

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Ray Manzarek in 2012. Ray Manzarek in 2012.
The Doors in 1970. From left, drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison. The Doors in 1970. From left, drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison.
NEW YORK (NBC) -

Ray Manzarek, the legendary keyboardist who founded The Doors in 1965 with fellow UCLA film school alum Jim Morrison, died of cancer Monday at age 74. Manzarek had fought a long battle with bile duct cancer.

"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," Doors guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement. "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."

His intricate keyboard playing on songs such as "Light My Fire" made Manzarek a rock legend, and he forever held close the memory of his friend Morrison. "What great company he was," Manzarek told the London Times about Morrison, who died in 1971. "Talk about going to the pub and having a couple of beers with the guy -- Morrison was perfect. He's been haunting me for some 40 years now, and I miss him every day."
Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, brothers Rick and James Manczarek, son Pablo Manzarek, daughter-in-law Sharmin and grandchildren Noah, Apollo and Camille.

 

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