Ray Manzarek, Co-Founder And Keyboardist Of ‘The Doors,’ Dies At 74 After Battle With Cancer

By Philip Ross on May 20, 2013 6:09 PM EDT

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Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, died today in Germany after a long battle with cancer. (Photo: Facebook/TheDoors)

Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and co-founder of "The Doors," died Monday after battling bile duct cancer. The announcement of Manzarek's death was made over the band's Facebook page.

"Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, passed away today at 12:31PM PT at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer," the post read. "At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.

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"The Doors," who sold more than 100 million albums all over the world, formed in 1965 in Los Angeles. The band recorded their first album in 1966. "The Doors" front man Jim Morrison passed away in 1971. While the other members of the band continued to release albums, "The Doors" effectively ended with Morrison's death, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Bile duct cancer is a cancer that starts in the bile duct, a thin tube that stretches from the liver to the small intestine, according to the American Cancer Society.

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