According to TMZ, the death of Keith Emerson is being investigated as a suicide.
Law enforcement sources tell the site the EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER keyboardist had a single gunshot wound to the head when his girlfriend found him in their home in Santa Monica, California.
Emerson had reportedly been suffering from a degenerative nerve disease in his right hand that meant he could only play the keyboards with eight fingers. As a result, he was struggling with depression.
Back in 2010, Emerson revealed that he had undergone surgery for diverticulitis.
In addition to Emerson, EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER included vocalist/bassist Greg Lake and drummer Carl Palmer.
Palmer said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music.”
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER reunited for one last tour together in 2010. Their final gig took place in July 2010 at London’s High Voltage festival.