UPDATE, March 15: The Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Keith Emerson’s death a suicide. The autopsy report showed Emerson suffered from heart disease and depression.
March 11: The death of keyboardist Keith Emerson has been ruled a suicide, the Santa Monica Police confirmed to Billboard.
According to the police, Emerson suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson,” former bandmate Carl Palmer wrote on his Facebook page. “Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come.”