The Latest: Rock star Keith Emerson dead at 71

This November 1977 handout photo shows British rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer. From left to right: Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer. Photo via AP

LOS ANGELES – Authorities say Keith Emerson, co-founder of the seminal progressive rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer, may have killed himself.

Emerson was 71 when his longtime girlfriend found him at their Santa Monica, California, condominium Friday morning.

Police Sgt. Erika Aklufi says he had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Emerson, a talented keyboardist and composer, teamed up with Greg Lake and Carl Palmer in the 1970s to produce a series of platinum-selling albums. Their intricate, moody works combined synthesizers, orchestral and jazz stylings. One famous piece, “Karn Evil 9,” took up nearly 30 minutes on vinyl.

In a statement, Palmer calls Emerson a “gentle soul” with unmatched talent who was a musical pioneer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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