Founding Blue Oyster Cult keyboard player and guitarist Allen Lanier has passed away at the age of 67. Lanier was recently hospitalized with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, according to a post on the group’s official Facebook page , and “succumbed to complications” from the disease.
Lanier was a part of Blue Oyster Cult when the band started back in 1967. He left the group in the mid-1980s, only to return two years later. He stayed with the band until he retired from touring in 2006.
Lanier most recently played with Blue Oyster Cult during a special, 40th-anniversary reunion show last fall in New York.
“DFTR sweet man. We love you and miss you,” the band stated on their Facebook page, as a reference to Blue Oyster Cult’s classic tune, “(Don't Fear) The Reaper.”
Blue Oyster Cult frontman Eric Bloom also paid homage to Lanier on his own Facebook page, stating: “My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I’ll miss the guy even though we hadn’t spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker… A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he’s playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now.”