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Yes Legend Chris Squire Dead At 67

06/29/2015
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(hennemusic) Yes bassist and founder Chris Squire died Saturday at the age of 67, a month after revealing that he was suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Last month, Squire announced plans to undergo treatment after being diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes broke the news early Sunday, tweeting, "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire."

The band confirmed the news, saying "It's with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix, Arizona in the arms of his loving wife Scotty.

"For the entirety of Yes' existence, Chris was the band's linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years. Because of his phenomenal bass-playing prowess, Chris influenced countless bassists around the world, including many of today's well-known artists. Chris was also a fantastic songwriter, having written and co-written much of Yes' most endearing music, as well as his solo album, 'Fish Out of Water'.

"Outside of Yes, Chris was a loving husband to Scotty and father to Carmen, Chandrika, Camille, Cameron, and Xilan. With his gentle, easy-going nature, Chris was a great friend of many - including each of us. But he wasn't merely our friend, he was also part of our family and we shall forever love and miss him." Read more here.

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