YES Co-Founder Chris Squire dies
Chris Squire, co-founder and the only constant bandmember of YES, has died at the age of 67 on June 28 in Phoenix, Arizona. In May of 2015 Christopher Russell Edward „Chris“ Squire (born on March 4, 1948 in Kingsbury, London) made his diagnosis of acute erythroid leukemia public.
With his Rickenbacker 4001 electric he help to redefine the role of the bass in the sound of a band - in the band YES. He also did two solo-works (1975: ´Fish Out of Water´, 2007: ´Chris Squire’s Swiss Choir´) beside YES, did CONSPIRACY and THE SYN, but he focusssed always on YES.
YES released a statement: "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, in the arms of his loving wife Scotty. 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."