The keyboardist lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday

By Gillian Telling
Updated March 12, 2015 03:50 PM
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Jimmy Greenspoon, the keyboardist for rock band Three Dog Night, has died.

Greenspoon, 67, lost his battle with metastatic melanoma on Wednesday, five months after he first announced he was sick.

The band released the following statement on its Facebook page:

“We are very saddened at the passing of our dear friend and longtime band mate, Jimmy Greenspoon. Jimmy died peacefully at home today surrounded by his family. Please keep him and his loved ones in your prayers and your hearts.”

Greenspoon joined Three Dog Night, best known for the 1970 hit “Joy to the World,” in 1968, and enjoyed 21 Top 40 hits with the group in the late ’60s and early ’70s. He continued to play with the band until recently.

Last October, when Greenspoon found out he he had cancer, he set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to help cover medical costs.

“I will be a cancer patient for the rest of my life and the costs will be astronomical!” he wrote on the page. “Could you all help me out, please?”

An update to the crowdfunding page was added by Greenspoon’s wife, Susie, on Thursday.

“My hero, best friend, soul mate and husband and the love of my life and keyboardist extraordinaire, Jimmy Greenspoon, passed away yesterday my heart is broken, but I am relieved that his suffering in the last 48 hours of his life is over. He now rests in the arms and love of God. Thank you for you support, prayers, and donations.”

Before his death, he had raised more than $23,000 in donations in four months.

Three Dog Night’s lead singer, Chuck Negron, suffered a similar loss when his cousin, actor and comedian Taylor Negron, lost his own cancer battle in January, at age 57.

Watch Three Dog Night sing “Joy to the World” below.