Slash, Alice Cooper, Joe Satriani and Ian Astbury have reacted on Twitter and Facebook to the passing of THE DOORS' co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died on Monday, May 20 in Rosenheim, Germany at the RoMed Clinic following a long battle with with bile duct cancer. He was 74. Manzarek was surrounded by his wife Dorothy and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek. Manzarek is survived by Dorothy, their son Pablo, his wife Sharmin, and their three children Noah, Apollo, and Camille. Funeral arrangements are pending.Alice Cooper: "OK, it is official. Ray Manzarek is dead. Mind blown. RIP Ray." Slash: "RIP Ray Manzarek. Words cannot express…" Joe Satriani: "I had the pleasure of playing with Ray Manzarek impromptu on a Howard Stern radio show many years ago. He was an original, a true artist and musical innovator. The sound he produced is part of the soundtrack of my youth, and my musical foundation. Thank you, Ray." Ian Astbury (THE CULT): "Ray Manzarek passed today. I am deeply saddened by this news he was a beautiful man who had a profound effect on my life. I shall treasure the time I spent with him. My heart go's out to all in THE DOORS family to all the fans and friends, especially Dorothy, Pablo, Rick, James, Robbie and John. I can't say much more. We lost a giant today." Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT): "More sad news: Ray M helped elevate rock's musicality"
THE DOORS guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement: "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today. 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." THE DOORS drummer John Densmore said in a statement: "There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison's words. Ray, I felt totally in sync with you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of. I will miss my musical brother."