Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors, dies of cancer at 74

Legendary rock keyboardist Ray Manzarek, a founding member of The Doors, has died of bile duct cancer. He was 74.

In a statement from his publicist, word that he died at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family.

I first became a fan of his work by way of the great late-'70s, early '80s L.A. punk band X. Manzarek co-produced their four earliest albums, the first of which was one of the very first vinyl punk records I owned.

Below, an excerpt from X: The Unheard Music. Below that, three episodes from a wonderful series of monologues by Manzarek about his life and work by L Studio Presents.


  1. I always thought it was the coolest that he helped define the cutting edge of the LA sound in two separate bands (one of them was slightly more popular, though.)  Due to that, he was represented twice in Jane’s Addiction’s “LA Medley,” which is a fitting tribute, I think:

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  3. Why was he in a german clinic? I thought the US healthcare system is the best money can buy?

  4. So glad you mentioned Manzarek’s connection to X, a truly awesome (i.e. awe-inspiring) band.  The punk connections don’t end there:  Jello Biafra has cited The Doors as his most important early musical influence!

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