Ray Manzarek, Doors Keyboardist, Dies at 74

Ray Manzarek performing in 2004.Credit Matthew Peyton/Getty Images
Ray Manzarek performing in 2004.Credit Matthew Peyton/Getty Images

Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and a founding member of the Doors whose sinuous and melodic organ riffs defined the band’s sound, died on Monday afternoon at a clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, after a bout with cancer. He was 74.

Mr. Manzarek had been sick for several months with cancer of the bile ducts, his publicist, Heidi Ellen Robinson Fitzgerald, said in a statement. He died at about 3:31 p.m. at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim. His wife, Dorothy, and his brothers, Rick and James, were at his bedside.

Mr. Manzarek formed the Doors in 1965 with Jim Morrison, a poet and film student and singer, after the two of them had a chance encounter on Venice Beach in California. The band went on to become one of the most successful and at times polarizing acts of the 1960s, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and producing hits like “L.A. Woman,” “Break on Through,” “Hello, I Love You,” and “Light My Fire.”

After Morrison’s death in 1971, Mr. Manzarek and the other members — the drummer John Densmore and the guitarist Robby Krieger — attempted to make albums with Mr. Manzarek on vocals, but eventually split up.

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