Blue Oyster Cult founding member Allen Lanier has died.
The keyboardist/rhythm guitarist was suffering with lung cancer and made his last appearance with the band at a 40th anniversary gig last year.
Blue Oyster Cult’s lead singer Eric Bloom described Lanier as a talented musician and thinker, but that “smoking finally got to him”. He added: “all BOC fans and band members will mourn his death…Maybe he’s playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now”.
Lanier worked with Jim Carroll during his career, as well as The Clash and Patti Smith.