Topic: The Doors- Ray Manzarek dies of bile duct cancer

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Is this like when you get a new car and all the sudden you notice all the cars like yours?  Is bile duct cancer becoming more prevalent, or am I just noticing it more now that I know about its existence?



By Andy Greene

May 20, 2013 5:50 PM ET


Ray Manzarek
 
Ray Manzarek

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Doors co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek died today in Rosenheim, Germany, after a long battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. 

"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," Doors guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement.  "I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."

From the Archive: Ray Manzarek Opens a New Door

Manzarek grew up in Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles in 1962 to study film at UCLA. It was there he first met Doors singer Jim Morrison, though they didn't talk about forming a band until they bumped into each other on a beach in Venice, California, in the summer of 1965 and Morrison told Manzarek that he had been working on some music. "And there it was!" Manzarek wrote in his 1998 biography, Light My Fire. "It dropped quite simply, quite innocently from his lips, but it changed our collective destinies."

They quickly teamed up with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger and began playing gigs around Los Angeles. About a year later, the Doors recorded their debut album for Elektra Records. "We knew once people heard us, we'd be unstoppable," Manzarek wrote in his memoir. "We knew what the people wanted: the same thing the Doors wanted. Freedom."

The Doors didn't have a bassist, so Manzarek often played the bass parts on his Fender Rhodes piano. He also played a Vox Continental organ, which can be heard on the famous intro to "Light My Fire" and numerous other Doors classics. The group shared credit on most songs and split all profits evenly.

The group carried on for two more albums after Jim Morrison died in July of 1971, but they split in 1973. Manzarek remained extremely busy, producing albums for X and playing with Iggy Pop, Echo and the Bunnymen and others. In 2002, he began touring as the Doors of the 21st Century with Krieger and Cult frontman Ian Astbury. Doors drummer John Densmore filed a lawsuit over the use of the name and it lead to a protracted legal battle. 

"Morrison required all three of us diving into his lyrics and creating music that would swirl around him," Manzarek told Rolling Stone in 2006. "Without Jim, everybody started shooting off in different directions. . . The Doors was the perfect mixture of four guys, four egos that balanced each other. There were never any problems with 'You wrote this' or 'I wrote that.' But [after Jim died] the whole dynamic was screwed up, because the fourth guy wasn't there."


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Re: The Doors- Ray Manzarek dies of bile duct cancer

my husband just told me this today!

Re: The Doors- Ray Manzarek dies of bile duct cancer

Ray was a great musician and known widely. I hope he found this site as he had a "long time" battle with bile duct cancer, I would have loved to have helped him,Pat

Re: The Doors- Ray Manzarek dies of bile duct cancer

Rose....Prevalence of this cancer is increasing.  It is believed that this disease encompasses 3% to 4% of all gastrointestinal cancers.  Speculations are all over the place ranging from better detection methods to increased awareness.  I would also like to believe that the people on this board (and the lurkers) as well as the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation play a role also.
Hugs,
Marion

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Re: The Doors- Ray Manzarek dies of bile duct cancer

Pat....one would want to hope that he had found this site or that his loved ones had read it.  I can't imagine facing this cancer without the input of the great people on the discussion board. 
Hugs,
Marion

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