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Blue Oyster Cult Founding Keyboardist/Guitarist Allen Lanier Dead at 67

Image courtesy of Allen Lanier, far left; Legacy Recordings (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Allen Lanier, far left; Legacy Recordings (via ABC News Radio)

Blue Oyster Cult has announced that founding keyboardist and guitarist Allen Lanier has died. He was 67.

In a post on their official website and Facebook page , the band writes that Lanier "succumbed to complications" from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Lanier was a member of Blue Oyster Cult when the group launched in 1967. He briefly left the band in the mid-1980s, but returned after two years and remained with BOC until he retired from touring in 2006.

Lanier reunited with Blue Oyster Cult last November in New York for a 40th-anniversary show.

The statement concludes with, "DFTR sweet man. We love you and miss you," a reference to the band's biggest hit, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper."

Lanier is survived by his wife Dory , sister Mary Anne and mother Martha .

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