The prog titan was 69.
Greg Lake, who fronted both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, has died. The British vocalist passed away on Wednesday (December 7) after “a long and stubborn battle with cancer”, said his manager.
A statement on Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Facebook page reads: “Yesterday, December 7th, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer.
“Greg Lake will stay in my heart forever, as he has always been. His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief. Many thanks, Stewart Young.”
Another sad loss with the passing of Greg Lake….You left some great music with us my friend & so like Keith , you will live on.
— Rick Wakeman (@GrumpyOldRick) December 8, 2016
Lake was born in Dorset on November 10 1947, and was an original member of the first King Crimson lineup, appearing on their 1969 debut album In The Court Of The Crimson King and second LP In The Wake Of Poseidon.
He later struck up a friendship with Keith Emerson, who was playing keyboard for the Nice at the time, and the pair subsequently joined forces, also recruiting Carl Palmer to form prog supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The legendary trio released nine studio albums between 1970 and 1994.
The news comes nine months after the death of his bandmate Keith Emerson, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Listen to King Crimson’s 1969 classic, In The Court of the Crimson King, below