Prog rock keyboard star Keith Emerson's death ruled a suicide
The death of keyboardist Keith Emerson, co-founder of the seminal progressive rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has been ruled a suicide.
Los Angeles coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said the determination was made after a post-mortem showed Emerson shot himself in the head. He said there were also signs the 71-year-old had a heart condition.
Emerson's body was found early on Friday by his long-time partner.
Authorities suspected Emerson shot himself but the determination did not become official until after the post-mortem.
Emerson, drummer Carl Palmer and vocalist/guitarist Greg Lake were giants of progressive rock in the 1970s, recording six platinum-selling albums.