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Blue Öyster Cult Co-Founder Dies After Long Battle With Lung Disease

Blue Öyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

Blue Öyster Cult have announced the passing of co-founder Allen Lanier from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The guitarist/keyboardist left the band in 2006, but played on all of their albums and rejoined their lineup for a 40th anniversary show last year. He was 67.

"I'll miss the guy even though we hadn't spoken in awhile," wrote frontman Eric Bloom. "He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All BOC fans and band members will mourn his death...A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he's playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now."

"We've lost our friend and bandmate," the band added in its own official statement. "DFTR sweet man. We love you and miss you."

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