Chris Squire, Yes bassist and co-founder, dies at 67

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Yes Bassist Chris Squire Dies At 67


Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of veteran prog rock troupe Yes, died on Saturday, June 27, after battling a rare form of leukemia. He was 67.

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Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes first shared the news of Squires' passing on Twitter Sunday morning (June 28). "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire," he tweeted.

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Chris Squire, Yes bassist and co-founder, dies at 67
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 18: Musician Chris Squire performs on stage with Yes on August 18, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 18: Musician Chris Squire performs on stage with Yes on August 18, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 18: Musician Chris Squire performs on stage with Yes on August 18, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 18: Musicians Jon Davison (L) and Chris Squire perform on stage with Yes on August 18, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - AUGUST 01: Chris Squire of Yes performs at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on August 1, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 18: (L-R) Musicians Jon Davison, Alan White and Chris Squire perform on stage with Yes on August 18, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - AUGUST 01: Geoff Downes, Alan White, Jon Davison and Chris Squire of Yes perform at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on August 1, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - AUGUST 01: Jon Davison and Chris Squire of Yes perform at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on August 1, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - AUGUST 01: Chris Squire of Yes performs at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on August 1, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
ALPHARETTA, GA - JULY 14: Chris Squire of Yes performs at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on July 14, 2011 in Alpharetta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)
ALPHARETTA, GA - JULY 14: Chris Squire of Yes performs at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on July 14, 2011 in Alpharetta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 06: Chris Squire of English progressive rock band Yes performs at Arcimboldi's theatre on November 6, 2009 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Morena Brengola/Getty Images)
Alan White and Chris Squire of Yes (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Three members of the rock musical group Yes perform on the stage of New York's Madison Square Garden to a sold-out concert, Aug. 5, 1977. From left are Steve Howe, Jon Anderson and Chris Squire. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
70s rock band Yes (left-right) Jon Anderson, Alan White, Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman during a in-store signing for their new DVD 'Yes Acoustic', at HMV Oxford Street, central London.
70s rock band Yes (left-right) Chris Squire, Jon Anderson, Alan White, Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe during a in-store signing for their new DVD 'Yes Acoustic', at HMV Oxford Street, central London.
Alan White (Left) and Chris Squire of of Yes performing in support of their 35th Anniversarry Tour. Event held at HP Pavilion in San Jose CA.
UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 11: NEW THEATRE Photo of Jon ANDERSON and Alan WHITE and YES and Steve HOWE and Chris SQUIRE and Rick WAKEMAN, Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, Alan White - posed, group shot (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 11: NEW THEATRE Photo of Chris SQUIRE and Jon ANDERSON and YES and Steve HOWE and Alan WHITE and Rick WAKEMAN, Steve Howe (back), Jon Anderson, Alan White, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman - posed, group shot (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 17: Chris Squire of Yes performing in support of the bands '35th Anniversay World Tour' at the HP Pavilion on April 17, 2004 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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Yes confirmed the sad news with a post on Facebook. "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" the band wrote.

It's with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and...

Posted by Yes (official) on Sunday, June 28, 2015

"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," the post continued.

Earlier this year, Squire -- the sole member of Yes to appear on all the group's studio albums -- revealed that he was diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia. The illness forced the bassist to bow out of Yes' co-headlining summer tour with Toto.

"This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me," Squire said in a statement (via Rolling Stone). "But the other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts and the show as a whole will deliver the same Yes experience that our fans have come to expect over the years."

Yes formed in 1968 when Squire met singer Jon Anderson in London. The group released its self-titled debut that same year.

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