Blue Oyster Cult

Founding Blue Oyster Cult keyboard player and guitarist Allen Lanier has passed away at the age of 67. Lanier was recently hospitalized with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, according to a post on the group’s official Facebook page , and “succumbed to complications” from the disease.

Lanier was a part of Blue Oyster Cult when the band started back in 1967. He left the group in the mid-1980s, only to return two years later. He stayed with the band until he retired from touring in 2006.

Lanier most recently played with Blue Oyster Cult during a special, 40th-anniversary reunion show last fall in New York.

“DFTR sweet man. We love you and miss you,” the band stated on their Facebook page, as a reference to Blue Oyster Cult’s classic tune, “(Don't Fear) The Reaper.”

Blue Oyster Cult frontman Eric Bloom also paid homage to Lanier on his own Facebook page, stating: “My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I’ll miss the guy even though we hadn’t spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker… A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he’s playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now.”