As we previously reported, The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Surviving band members Robby Krieger and John Densmore have both issued statements. “I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him” said Krieger in a statement. Densmore said in an e-mail to the New York Times: “There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison’s words. Ray, I felt totally in sync with you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of. I will miss my musical brother.”

Many musicians have taken to Twitter to express their sympathies:

Slash: “The Doors represent the LA sound to me. It was the 1st band I remember hearing when I came from England; ‘Light my fire,’ I'll never forget.”

Joe Perry: “I am very saddened by loss of Ray Manzarak now he’s with Jim. They mean as much to me today as they did 40 years ago.”

Flea: “Wow. Ray manzarek.Bless his heart.One of a kind rock original. Grateful to have jammed with him once. R.I..P.”