Iconic bassist Chris Squire, who co-founded rock band Yes with former lead vocalist Jon Anderson in 1968, passed away over the weekend. He was 67.
The band confirmed the news with a statement on their official Facebook page: “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,” the statement read. “Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona.”
Considered a pioneer of 1970s prog-rock, Squire was the only Yes member to have played on all of their albums to date, remaining a constant presence through two disbandings and three incarnations of the band. The band hit what many believe to be their creative peak in the 1970s, but were most commercially successful during the 1980s, particularly with their chart-topper “Owner Of a Lonely Heart” from the 1983 album 90125.
Just last month, Yes announced that Squire was suffering from acute erythroid leukemia, a rare form of the disease, and that bassist Billy Sherwood would be filling in while Squire underwent treatment. Yes is currently preparing to go on tour with Toto starting in August. Squire was undergoing treatment up to the time of his death.
Jon Anderson paid tribute to his former bandmate on his website. “Chris was a very special part of my life; we were musical brothers,” he said. “he always said he was Darth Vader to my Obiwan. I always thought of him as Christopher Robin to my Winnie the Pooh.”
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