Some shocking news have just emerged. It has been revealed that keyboardist Keith Emerson died at the age of 71 from a self-inflicted single gunshot to his head. The shocking news was revealed by police sources. The musician was found by his longtime partner, Mari Kawaguchi, in his Santa Monica, California, home. Kawaguchi called the cops at the scene of the events and said that Keith could have died anytime between Thursday evening and Friday morning.
While the exact cause of his death remains unknown, officials have ruled as preliminary cause a potential suicide. However, an investigation on the case remains ongoing. Kawaguchi refused to reveal any details of Keith’s death at this point.
Keith Emerson remains best known as the founder and keyboardist of progressive rock-band Emerson, Lake and Palmer. He was actually considered to be one of the giants when it comes to progressive rock, in the 1970s. Keith, alongside Carl Palmer and Greg Lake, actually recorded no less than six platinum-selling albums. Before founding this rock band, the musician was a keyboardist for numerous groups in the 1960s.
However, despite his career and success, Keith never considered himself to be a rock or a pop icon. “He hated being called rock star or prog-rock star…he wanted to be known as composer,” Kawaguchi said. “He never succumbed to being commercially successful. He had no interest. He always said: ‘I’m not a rock star. I’ve never been a rock star. All I want is to play music.”
“Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come,” Carl Palmer shared after the sad news was revealed. “He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz,” his message added. His band’s official page also shared a message, asking everyone to respect the privacy and the grief of Keith’s family during these hard moments.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer was very successful in the 1970s. In fact, they released no less than nine studio albums during that time. However, Keith is also known for his work as a solo artist. Actually, he also achieved fame for writing an autobiography: “Pictures of an Exhibitionist.” The book was released back in 2004.