Yes bassist & co-founder Chris Squire dies at age of 67

The bassist passed away in his sleep

Yes bassist and co-founder Chris Squire died on Saturday, June 27th at the age of 63 after a battle with leukemia. The band posted the announcement on Facebook early Sunday (June 28th).

“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,” the announcement states.

“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 ofhis 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.”

Other details are to be announced soon.

Many of the musicians Squire has influenced and made friends with over the years have taken to social media to express their condolences, including Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, Tom Morello and guitarist Joe Satriani.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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