Keith Emerson is dead at the age of 71.
The keyboardist of classic rock pioneers Emerson, Lake, & Palmer helped define prog rock in the 1970s, and redefined the role of a keyboard player, performing solos on par with any guitar god.
He also found some success in the '80s and '90s as a film and TV composer.
According to ELP's official Facebook page, Keith passed away in his Santa Monica home Thursday night. Drummer Carl Palmer said in a statement: