After a short battle with Acute Erythroid Leukemia which was diagnosed in May, founding Yes bassist Chris Squire passed away this weekend at the age of 67. Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler called Squire, “one of the great bass players,” and guitarists Joe Satriani, Dave Mustaine, and Tom Morello both offered their condolences via Twitter.
A statement on the official Yes Facebook page confirms the grim news:
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. We will have more information for you soon.
Squire, along with vocalist Jon Anderson, formed Yes way back in 1968, and they released 20+ albums over the years, their most recent, Heaven & Earth, came out in 2014.
Shocked to hear of the passing of Chris Squire, one of the great bass players. RIP
— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) June 28, 2015
A tremendous talent and a terribly sad loss. Prayers to Chris Squire's family and band. @yesofficial
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) June 28, 2015
RIP Chris Squire, super bassist of Yes. An extremely talented musician's musician who mastered his instrument and took it to new realms.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) June 28, 2015
— Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) June 28, 2015