Yes Bassist Chris Squire Dead At 67
June 29, 2015 at 10:23 AM (PT)
Sad news for YES fans, as bass player and founding member CHRIS SQUIRE lost his battle with Acute Erythroid Leukemia on SATURDAY, JUNE 27th at his home in PHOENIX. He was 67.
The band confirmed his passing, posting on their official FACEBOOK page, “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 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."
ATLANTIC RECORDS Former Pres. JERRY GREENBERG told ALL ACCESS, "I had the honor to work with CHRIS SQUIRE and YES during those great years as the President of ATLANTIC RECORDS. CHRIS was the foundation for YES as most bass players are in rock bands. He founded the group with JON ANDERSON and played on every YES record. We spoke only a few months ago and he was very happy he was about to tour again. His music and friendship I will always remember."
YES keyboardist GEOFFREY DOWNES tweeted, “Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration CHRIS SQUIRE.”
To visit the CHRIS SQUIRE TRIBUTE page, click here.