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(TheIndependentStar.com) – Mike Pinder, the founder of the English rock band Moody Blues and inducted into the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame in 2018, has passed away at the age of 82.

Pinder, best known for his keyboard and Mellotron skills, co-founded the iconic rock band and was the last original member alive. Sources reported that he died at his Northern California home, and the cause of death was undisclosed.

Bassist John Lodge shared the news of the rock legend’s death on Facebook:

“Michael Thomas Pinder died on Wednesday, April 24th, 2024 at his home in Northern California, surrounded by his devoted family. Michael’s family would like to share with his trusted friends and caring fans that he passed peacefully.”

The post read, “His final days were filled with music, encircled by the love of his family. Michael lived his life with a childlike wonder, walking a deeply introspective path which fused the mind and the heart.”

Born in Birmingham, England, on December 27, 1941, Pinder co-founded Moody Blues in 1964 alongside Ray Thomas, Denny Laine, Graeme Edge, and Clint Warwick.

Laine and Warwick left the band in 1966 after the release of 1965’s debut album, “The Magnificent Moodies.” Guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist Lodge then joined the band to replace them.

Moreover, his use of the keyboard was a key influence on the instrument’s becoming a staple in the music of other bands, such as Yes and Genesis.

However, after a successful career with the band, he made the difficult decision to depart in 1978, seeking a more ordinary life.

“It was as easy to leave as it was to start the band,” Pinder recounted.

The late singer decided to leave the group to lead a normal life, and he realized that if he put so much energy into creating a hit, he said why not put that same amount of energy into raising a family while trying to save his marriage.

Lodge’s statement continued, “He created his music and the message he shared with the world from this spiritually grounded place.”

“His authentic essence lifted up everyone who came into contact with him. His lyrics, philosophy, and vision of humanity and our place in the cosmos will touch generations to come,” the bassist concluded.

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