Rocker's Death Ruled a Suicide

Keith Emerson shot himself in the head: autopsy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 16, 2016 9:00 AM CDT
Rocker's Death Ruled a Suicide
Keith Emerson is seen in 2015.   (Paul A. Hebert)

A Los Angeles coroner's official says the death of Keith Emerson, keyboardist and co-founder of the seminal progressive rock group Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, has been ruled a suicide. The determination was made after an autopsy showed Emerson shot himself in the head, the official tells the AP. He says there were also signs the 71-year-old had a heart condition. Emerson's body was found early Friday by his longtime partner. Authorities suspected Emerson shot himself, but the determination did not become official until after the autopsy. (More rock music stories.)

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