PHOENIX, AZ (CelebrityAccess) — Bassist Chris Squire, one of the founding members of the progressive rock band Yes, died on June 27. He was 67 at the time of his death.
In a post on Yes's website, a spokesperson for the band wrote:
"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 (27 June 2015) in Phoenix, Arizona."
Squire revealed in May that he had been diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia, a rare form of the illness.
A native of London, Squire met frontman Jon Anderson in 1968 and formed the group that would ultimately be known as Yes.
Squire would receive writing credits on four of the eight tracks on the band's first self-titled debut album —"Beyond & Before", "Looking Around", "Harold Land", and "Sweetness", helping to define the sound that would become progressive rock.
Squire was also a key figure in the band, and the only member to perform on all of the band's 21 studio albums between 1969 and 2014, with "Heaven & Earth" marking Squire's last appearance on a Rush album.
Squire also was involved in numerous side projects, including XYZ, which included Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page on guitar and Yes alumni Alan White on drums.
Squire was also a founding member of the progressive rock group Syn. – Staff Writers