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Prog rock keyboard star Keith Emerson's death ruled a suicide

Published 16/03/2016

Keith Emerson's body was found on Friday by his long-time partner (AP)
Keith Emerson's body was found on Friday by his long-time partner (AP)

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.

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