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Ray Manzarek, Founding Member of The Doors, Passes Away at 74

I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend. 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.

Robby Krieger

Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, passed away today at 12:31PM PT at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.

Manzarek is best known for his work with The Doors who formed in 1965 when Manzarek had a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison. The Doors went on to become one of the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, selling more than 100-million albums worldwide, and receiving 19 Gold, 14 Platinum and five multi-Platinum albums in the U.S. alone. "L.A.Woman," "Break On Through to the Other Side," "The End," "Hello, I Love You," and "Light My Fire" were just some of the band's iconic and ground-breaking songs. After Morrison's death in 1971, Manzarek went on to become a best-selling author, and a Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right. In 2002, he revitalized his touring career with Doors' guitarist and long-time collaborator, Robby Krieger.

"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," said Krieger. "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."

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 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

I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend. 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.

Robby Krieger

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1 month 2 weeks ago
Check it out at Ray Manzarek, Founding Member of The Doors, Passes Away at 74

Great article

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1 month 5 days ago

did you know jim passed out @ ray sang all the songs in euope
grace slick said she never seen anything like it it was still a good concert
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1 month 5 days ago

It's been almost 3 years since Ray Manzarek left us but the sadness is still there. I never tire of listening to old songs with this iconic member.

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1 month 3 weeks ago
Check it out at Ray Manzarek, Founding Member of The Doors, Passes Away at 74

He was one of the best artist ever !

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1 month 2 weeks ago

Agree with you guys

1 month 2 weeks ago

Still there were people, who loved him and I have no idea why.
Regards from acewriters at https://storify.com/.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Maybe, but I think he was talking just in artistic way, not human

1 month 3 weeks ago

He was an entertainer who treated people like shit.

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3 months 4 days ago
Check it out at Ray Manzarek, Founding Member of The Doors, Passes Away at 74

A great man and a great artist. RIP Mr. Manzarek, your music will remain forever engraved in rock history! Alphabet Latin

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2 months 4 weeks ago

Was he a blood sacrifice?

His death was almost right after he performed with Marilyn Manson.

I doubt Mr. Manson wold stoop that low but maybe someone had Ray sacrificed for his benefit? I don't know.

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3 months 2 weeks ago
Check it out at Ray Manzarek, Founding Member of The Doors, Passes Away at 74

love it !

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3 months 2 weeks ago

Nine Inch Nails and The Doors should tour together!

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6 months 1 week ago
Check it out at Ray Manzarek, Founding Member of The Doors, Passes Away at 74

a truly special human being

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5 months 3 weeks ago

Yeah he was. What are the other two guys up to these days?

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1 year 8 months ago
Check it out at Ray Manzarek, Founding Member of The Doors, Passes Away at 74

i love my Ray Memorial Tee

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1 year 8 months ago

it was a gift from my ex so we could have the same tee shirt and wear them together...which we did...one time...we broke up though...

1 year 8 months ago

Nancy, I dunno, when I wear a Morrison t-shirt... means he's sleeping with me.The Ray one, I gotta skip it.Oh, no harm.

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