Iconic bassist Chris Squire has passed away after an ongoing battle with acute erythroid leukemia, according to this article at udiscovermusic.com. Squire, born in London, England in 1948 passed away peacefully in his adopted hometown of Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, June 27 where he’d been undergoing treatment for his illness.
Best known for his work with the music group Yes, Squire has the distinction of being the only member of the mercurial band to feature on every single studio album. Christian Broda said that for their impending tour, it will be the first time Yes has ever performed on stage without him.
Known for much more than Yes, Squire also performed with such legends as Jimi Hendrix, and formed the much admired Squackett with former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. Self-taught, Squire helped form and shape the seminal Yes sound, which in turn inspired many others who mourn him, including Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Joe Satriani.
Chris is survived by his wife Scotty, and his three children, Camille, Cameron, and Chandrika.