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YES Bassist, Co-Founder CHRIS SQUIRE Passes Away

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Sunday, June 28, 2015 @ 2:03 PM


Recently Diagnosed With Acute Erythroid Leukemia

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Chris Squire Photo Courtesy Of YesWorld.Com

The rock world lost another icon as iconic bassist Chris Squire of YES has passed away just a few months after being diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia, a condition that forced him to withdraw from the band's upcoming tour with TOTO. He was 67 years old.

Squire's bandmate Geoff Downes confirend the passing via his Twitter account:

“Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire” said Downes.

Squire was the only band member to have been with YES since it's inception and their concert on August 7th will be the band's first ever without him behind the 4-string.

YES released the following statement:

"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.

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 of his 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 h usband 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."

KNAC.COM send its condolences to the entire YES family.....


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