As reported, by his bandmate Carl Palmer, on the official Emerson, Lake & Palmer FB page, Keith Emerson, founding member of ELP, composer and keyboard virtuoso, passed away on March 11th, 2016 at the age of 71.
Santa Monica Police confirmed to Billboard that Keith Emerson died of a gunshot wound to the head and his death is being investigated as a suicide.
The official statement is as follows:
“We regret to announce that Keith Emerson died last night at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, aged 71. We ask that the family’s privacy and grief be respected”.
Carl Palmer stated: