Alan White has died aged 72. The tragic news was confirmed by the musician’s band, Yes, as well as in a statement made by his family.
The Yes drummer, who famously featured on John Lennon’s hit, Imagine, passed away following a “brief illness”, his family confirmed.
In a statement, his family wrote: “Alan White, our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa, passed away at the age of 72 at his Seattle-area home on May 26, 2022, after a brief illness.
“Throughout his life and six-decade career, Alan was many things to many people: a certified rock star to fans around the world; band mate to a select few, and gentleman and friend to all who met him.”
The star’s band Yes also paid tribute to the musician, revealing that they’re planning to dedicate their tour to the late star.
The band wrote: “Alan was considered to be one of the greatest rock drummers of all time and joined YES in 1972 for the Close to the Edge Tour.
“He had previously worked with John Lennon’s Plastic Ono band after a call, in 1969, to play at the Toronto Rock Festival.
“Alan continued working with Lennon including on the Imagine album and with George Harrison on All Things Must Pass,” they added.
The statement continued: “He also worked with several other musicians, over the years, including Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Joe Cocker, Gary Wright, Doris Troy and Billy Preston to name but a few.
Drummer of metal band Dream Theatre, Mike Portnoy, wrote: “Absolutely stunned to wake up to the news of Alan White’s passing.
“His playing for the past 50 yrs was a massive influence on me & I’ve had the honor of spending much time together thru the years. My condolences to his wife Gigi, his family & the entire Yes camp,” (sic) he added.
Twitter user @primarily_prog wrote: “Now playing …So sad to hear about Alan White.
“He played drums and percussion on my favourite track of all time – the most perfect song ever recorded IMHO – and for that he’ll always be remembered … (sic)