Ray Manzarek's Death: Hollywood Remembers the Doors Keyboardist

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After news broke of the Doors co-founder Ray Manzarek's death, many in Hollywood -- and the music industry in particular -- hit the Internet to share their memories and pay tribute to the late keyboardist.

Manzarek died Monday in Rosenheim, Germany, at the RoMed Clinic after a battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74.

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Among those paying their respects on Twitter were Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and songwriter Diane Warren. Read what they and others had to say below:

And on Facebook, tributes are also coming in.

Writes actor and singer Michael Des Barres: "Ray Manzarek had the patience of a saint. He recognized the need for a thoughtful,carnal force in rock and roll that was not there before he opened The Doors. The music remains inspiring and timeless. ... Personally, I found him a true renaissance gentleman. Part zen and part hedonist, kind and open, literary and spontaneous. He will live forever in the Pantheon of Popular music. The Doors of Perception, indeed. God bless him and his family."

The members of the Los Angeles-based band X, whose 1980 album "Los Angeles" was produced by Manzarek, also paid tribute:

"Ray led by example, from the doors to carmine burana and beyond. He is and will always be a spirit being, adept at expanding perception. And once those doors of perception are opened, they never close. He taught me that we are the keys, that we can unlock all doors, everywhere, to create magic, to transform ourselves and power the world, through joy and love and imagination and art and, above all through music. - Exene

Ray was a mentor to X in our early days and a something of a father figure to Exene & me. He was brilliant & soulful. If Bob Dylan brought poetry & folk to popular music; Ray & the Doors brought the blues & poetry to rock music. The Doors are rock royalty. It has been a privilege & honor to call Ray a friend and share the stage w/ him. -John Doe
 
Ray always believed in us.  We’ll miss him.  My heart goes out to Dorothy and Pablo. -Billy Zoom
 
I am so sorry to hear about Ray’s passing. Not only was he an integral part of X’s history, he was a smart, funny, and kind friend. I will miss him. - DJ Bonebrake
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