Who was Alan White and how did he die?

ON May 26, 2022, the rock band YES took to Twitter to announce the death of drummer Alan White.

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

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 Alan White, their much-loved drummer and friend of 50 years, has passed away, aged 72, after a short illness," Yes shared.

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, dad, and grandpa, passed away at the age of 72 at his Seattle-area home on May 26, 2022, after a brief illness.

"Throughout his life and six-decade career, Alan was many things to many people: a certified rock star to fans around the world; band mate to a select few, and gentleman and friend to all who met him."

The Facebook post also shared that White's love for music began early as he started playing the piano at age six.

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By age 13 he was already performing in public settings the family shared.

White made his debut in YES on their fifth studio album Close to the Edge in 1972.

He 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 called Griffin), Balls with Trevor Burton (The Move), and Denny Laine (Wings).

What accolades has Alan White received?

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

As a band, YES has received a total of five GRAMMY nominations and has won one time.

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

White went on to work with legendary musicians from 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, nearly a decade after he joined YES.

The couple went on to have two children together Casse and Jesse White.

The end of the family's Facebook post shares who White is survived by.

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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 wife of forty years (May 15, 1982) Rogena “Gigi” (née Walberg), his children, Jesse (Emily), their two children JJ and Ellie, and Cassi (Kela), and sister-in-law Andrea Holmqvist (Robert)."

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