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Rock Star Keith Emerson May Have Killed Himself, Police Say

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Rock star Keith Emerson’s death is now being investigated as a suicide after he was found with one gunshot wound to the head, according to a report.

On Friday, Santa Monica Police confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that they are investigation the injury as self-inflicted.

Emerson was one third of the sixties band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, in which he was a keyboard player alongside singer Greg Lake and drummer Carl Palmer. A statement on the band’s official Facebook Page, confirmed his death. He was 71.

“We regret to announce that Keith Emerson died last night [Thursday] at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, aged 71. We ask that the family’s privacy and grief be respected,” the statement read.

In a separate statement obtained by EW, Palmer expressed his sadness at the news.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson,” he said. “Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come.”

Palmer also remembered the British musician as a “pioneer and an innovator,” adding that he feels “very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did.”