Founding member of The Doors, Ray Manzarek has sadly passed away after a struggle with bile duct cancer. He was 74.

Ray formed The Doors with Jim Morrison in 1965. His keyboard playing was just as recognisable as Morrison’s vocals and many of the memorable riffs came from Manzarek’s hands. After Morrison died, Manzarek went on to lead The Doors on two further albums.

Later years saw Manzarek collaborate with LA punks, X as well as Iggy Pop, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Weird Al Yankovic. He also reunited with Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger in 2002 to play Doors songs, which at one point involved roping in Ian Astbury to do his best Jim Morrison impression.

Manzarek served The Doors legacy well by keeping it alive and fresh. Break on through, dude.

Watch a video of The Doors performing, 'The End' live at the Hollywood Bowl in 1968 below.