Rock’n’roll world reels after ‘Foreigner’ co-founder Ian McDonald, dies, age 75

Feb 14, 2022
Group portrait of the original band members of the rock band Foreigner posing on a rooftop in New Yorn City, 1976. Left to Right: Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald, Dennis Elliott, Mick Jones, Ed Gagliardi, Lou Gramm. Source: Len DeLessio/Getty

The co-founder of progressive rock bands King Crimson, and Foreigner, Ian McDonald, has died age 75.

McDonald died in his home in New York City on February 9, his son Maxwell McDonald, confirmed in a statement.

“He was incredibly brave and never lost his kindness or his sense of humour, even when the going was rough,” McDonald’s son, Max, said.

“My father was a brilliant, intuitive musician, a gentle soul, and a wonderful dad. He will live on forever through his beautiful music and the love of his fans.”

Gary Kemp, guitarist and songwriter of Spandau Ballet, wrote a tribute to McDonald, saying:

Other notable musicians, including Rick Wakeman of Yes, and the tribute account for Keith Emerson, songwriter of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, published messages about Ian McDonald’s passing:

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