Greg Lake Mourns Passing of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer Band Mate Keith Emerson

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Greg Lake, one of two remaining members of the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, took to Twitter this weekend to mourn the passing of band mate Keith Emerson. Emerson's passing was announced by his longtime partner, Mari Kawaguchi, on Friday. He was 71.

Greg Lake shared a link to his website, where he posted this thoughts on Keith Emerson's passing.

Several hours later, a new tweet went out from Greg Lake's account, saying his website was having issues. The new tweet contains the post in its entirety.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer had six platinum records in the 1970s. The band broke up in 1979, only to reunite in 1991. After disbanding for a second time, they reunited again in 2010 for one final tour.

In addition to Greg Lake and Keith Emerson, the band included Carl Palmer. Palmer issued a statement regarding Keith Emerson's death as well.

"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," he said. "He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz. I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humor, compelling showmanship and dedication to his musical craft. I am very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did together."

Keith Emerson died in his sleep. No cause of death has yet been announced.

Greg Lake and Carl Palmer will no doubt remember their friend and band mate forever. His legacy lives on in the recordings the three men made back in the 70s.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.