Doors keyboardist and founding member Ray Manzarek passed away today (May 20) at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer, according to a post on the Doors’ official Facebook page. He was 74.
According to the post, at the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manzarek.
Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, who toured often with Manzarek over the past decade said, issued a statement on Manzarek, also through the Doors’ Facebook. “I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” he wrote. “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.”
Doors drummer John Densmore battled with Manzarek and guitarist Krieger in court in recent years over the rights to the Doors name, but that did not stop him from sharing a tribute on his Facebook. “There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison’s words,” Densmore wrote. “Ray, I felt totally in sync with you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of. I will miss my musical brother.”
Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, brothers Rick and James Manczarek, son Pablo Manzarek, Pablo’s wife Sharmin and their three children Noah, Apollo and Camille. Funeral arrangements are pending. The death announcement continues, “The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please make a memoriam donation in Ray Manzarek’s name at www.standup2cancer.org.”