Legendary prog rock outfit have announced that bass player, Chris Squier has passed away following a bout with Acute Erythoid Leukemia.
A statement issued by the band this morning reads as follows:
“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.
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.”
A founder of the band, Squier, 67, was the only member of Yes to be present in every single lineup throughout it’s five decade long history.
Yes has announced that Squier’s place will be filled by former member Billy Sherwood for their upcoming tour with Toto.
YES – OWNER OF A LONELY HEART