Greg Lake, best known as a member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died at the age of 69.
Lake passed away Wednesday after a long battle with cancer.
Lake was born November 10, 1947 in Poole, Dorset and began playing guitar at the age of 12. In school, he met and became friends with King Crimson co-founder Robert Fripp. The band gained commercial success in 1969 with the release of In the Court of the Crimson King.
In 1970, Lake formed supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer and in 1975, while still a member of ELP, he gained solo success with his hit single “I Believe in Father Christmas.”
A statement from Lake’s friend and manager, posted on Greg’s official website 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.”
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
Music bows its head to acknowledge the passing of a great musician and singer, Greg Lake. — Steve Hackett (@HackettOfficial) December 8, 2016
Very sad to hear of the passing of our friend legendary Greg Lake
Our thoughts & condolences are with Regina & Natasha & all the family -YES pic.twitter.com/HFXegYolCe
— yesofficial (@yesofficial) December 8, 2016