Ray Mazarek RIP (1939 – 2013)

Absolutely gutted to hear today that Ray Manzarek, the founding member and keyboardist for the Doors has passed away. According to a statement from his publicist the cause was bile duct cancer.

As a member of the legendary Los Angeles band that formed in 1965 The Doors sold more than 100 million albums worldwide on the strength of hits like ”Hello, I Love You,” “Riders on the Storm,” “Light My Fire,” and “Break On Through to the Other Side.”

I was lucky enough to see Ray twice in concert when he and Robby Krieger toured under the 21st Century Doors monicker (with The Cult’s Ian Astbury on vocal) and was blown away by his keyboard playing. So sad to hear of his passing.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made in Manzarek’s name to standup2cancer.org. Click below to watch Ray with The Doors in 1968.

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