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Keith Emerson's Death Ruled a Suicide

Emerson's body was found early Friday by his longtime partner.

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    Keyboardist Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer appears at the Moog booth on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California.

    A coroner's official says the death of keyboardist Keith Emerson, co-founder of the seminal progressive rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has been ruled a suicide.

    Los Angeles coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said Tuesday the determination was made after an autopsy showed Emerson shot himself in the head. He says there were also signs the 71-year-old man had a heart condition.

    Emerson's body was found early Friday by his longtime partner.

    Authorities suspected Emerson shot himself but the determination did not become official until after the autopsy.

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    Emerson, drummer Carl Palmer and vocalist/guitarist Greg Lake were giants of progressive rock in the 1970s, recording six platinum-selling albums.

    If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).