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Who was Alan White and how did he die?

ON MAY 26, 2022, rock band YES announced on Twitter the death of drummer Alan White.

Alan White was the drummer for the famous rock band YES.

Alan White of YES performs at Le Grand Rex on May 13, 2014

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Alan White of YES performs at Le Grand Rex on May 13, 2014Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty

Who was Alan White and how did he die?

On Thursday, the group shared the tragic news with their fans on Twitter.

“It is with deep sadness that YES announce that Alan White, their beloved drummer and friend of 50 years, has passed away at the age of 72 after a short illness,” Yes said.

Alan White was born on June 14, 1949 in Ferryhill, United Kingdom.

The late musician joined the band in 1972 as the group’s drummer.

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The family also shared a message on White’s Facebook page.

“Alan White, our beloved husband, father and grandfather, died at his home in Seattle on May 26, 2022 after a short illness at the age of 72.

“Throughout his life and six-decade career, Alan has been many things to many people: a certified rock star to fans around the world, a bandmate to a select few, and a gentleman and friend to all who met him.”

The Facebook post also shared that White’s love of music started early when he started playing the piano at the age of six.

At the age of 13 he was already performing in public institutions shared by the family.

White debuted YES on her fifth studio album Close to the Edge in 1972.

He has worked with many bands throughout his career including The Downbeats, The Gamblers, Billy Fury, Alan Price Big Band, Bell and Arc, Terry Reid, Happy Magazine (later named Griffin), Balls with Trevor Burton (The Move) and Denny Laine (wing).

What awards has Alan White received?

In 2017, YES was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Alan White visits SiriusXM Studios on July 16, 2018

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Alan White visits SiriusXM Studios on July 16, 2018Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty

As a band, YES has received a total of five Grammy nominations, winning once.

The group won their first Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 27th Grammy Awards.

White has worked with legendary musicians such as John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton and Klaus Voormann.

Lennon personally called White to invite him to work with him and the Plastic Ono Band.

Was Alan White married?

White was married to his longtime wife, Gigi White.

Gigi and Alan married in 1981, almost a decade after he joined YES.

The couple had two children together, Casse and Jesse White.

The end of the family’s Facebook post shares more details about White’s surviving family.

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“Alan is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and May White (née Thrower), his sister-in-law, Mindi Hall, and many loyal furry companions.

“He is survived by his forty-year-old wife (May 15, 1982) Rogena “Gigi” (née Walberg), his children Jesse (Emily), their two children JJ and Ellie, and Cassi (Kela) and his sister-law Andrea Holmqvist (Robert) .”

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