Rock musician Greg Lake dies of cancer at 69

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Former King Crimson frontman Greg Lake has died aged 69, his manager has confirmed.

The musician, who was also part of progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer, died on December 7 after suffering from cancer.

Greg Lake, Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer (left to right) seen at Kennington Oval with their awards gained in the Melody Maker Polls.
Greg Lake, Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer (left to right) seen at Kennington Oval with their awards gained in the Melody Maker Polls.

Manager Stewart Young wrote on Lake's official website: "I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer.

"Greg Lake will stay in my heart forever, as he has always been.

"His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief."

A host of musicians and friends paid tribute to him on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/laurenlaverne/status/806837983588519936

https://twitter.com/GrumpyOldRick/status/806835365768204288

https://twitter.com/arkangel2605/status/806826858763485184

https://twitter.com/HackettOfficial/status/806835340245954560

His former band-mate Keith Emerson died in March this year.