Ray Manzarek's Death: Hollywood Remembers the Doors Keyboardist
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.
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:
Thanks for the great music Ray Manzarek!— Krist Novoselic (@KristNovoselic) May 21, 2013
Thanks for the power and dark daring of your music. Break on through to the other side, Ray. #RIPRayManzarek— Wes Craven (@wescraven) May 21, 2013
RIP ray manzarek!!— Mario Batali (@Mariobatali) May 21, 2013
RIP Ray Manzarek my son got to play with him once. A highlight of his life.— Shannon Tweed (@shannonleetweed) May 21, 2013
So sorry to hear of the passing of Ray Manzarek. Thank U for the amazing music. Too many greats r leaving us.— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) May 20, 2013
RIP Ray Manzarek -if you get a chance check out docu- "When You're Strange" really highlights his brilliance and amazing dexterity.— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) May 20, 2013
Will always be considered a highlight and a blessing for me, sharing the stage with Ray Manzarek...R.I.P. twitter.com/mark_mcgrath/s…— mark mcgrath (@mark_mcgrath) May 20, 2013
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.— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) May 20,
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