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Celebrated British singer, musician, songwriter and producer Greg Lake has passed away .

The Dorset born vocalist, who fronted both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died at the age of 69.

Greg was one of the founding fathers of progressive rock, and amongst his many musical accomplishments he’s best remembered for songs including In the Court of the Crimson King and 21st Century Schizoid Man.

He also recorded as a solo artist, most notably scoring a major hit single in 1975 with I Believe in Father Christmas.

His manager confirmed that he passed away on Tuesday after “a long and stubborn battle with cancer”, said his manager.

The news comes nine months after Lake’s band-mate Keith Emerson also died.

Keyboardist Emerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, coroners in the US said.

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