Keith Emerson has died aged 71
Long-term bandmate Carl Palmer confirmed the news saying Emerson had died at his home in Santa Monica, California.
Police told BBC News the death was being investigated as a suicide. The broadcaster said officers had confirmed earlier US media reports that Emerson had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
A statement on the band’s Facebook page read: “We regret to announce that Keith Emerson died last night at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, aged 71. We ask that the family’s privacy and grief be respected.”