Chris Squire, right, co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes, has died at the age of 67.
Christopher Russell Edward Squire (March 4, 1948-June 28, 2015) was a musician, songwriter and singer, best known as the bass guitarist and backing vocalist for Yes.
Squire had announced his hiatus from the band earlier in the year, after being diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia.
Yes shared the news of Squire’s death via their 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, in so many ways, 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.
Outside of Yes, Chris was a loving husband to Scotty and father to Carmen, Chandrika, Camille, Cameron, and Xilan. With his gentle, easy-going nature, Chris was a great friend of many … including each of us. But he wasn’t merely our friend: he was also part of our family and we shall forever love and miss him.
In Yes, Squire performed with an amazing series of keyboardists, including Tony Kaye, Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz & Geoff Downes.
Here’s Squire and the 1991 Yes lineup, featuring both Tony Kaye & Rick Wakeman, performing Roundabout: