Yes drummer Alan White is dead. The drummer died at his home in Seattle after a short illness at the age of 72.

The rock world has to cope with the next major shock just a few hours after the death of Depeche Mode keyboardist Andy Fletcher (1961-2022) became known: The drummer of the British progressive rock band Yes, Alan White, has died at the age of 72 . This was announced by his family on his official website in a statement. The drummer died Thursday at his home in Seattle after a brief illness.

The band itself published the information just a few days ago that the anniversary tour for the 50th birthday of the cult album “Close to the Edge” would take place without White on drums for health reasons. A few hours after White’s death became known, Yes herself confirmed the death of her drummer via Twitter.

Alan White played for John Lennon, Joe Cocker and Co.

White has been a continuous member of Yes since 1972. In 1983, after numerous great successes in the 70s in the USA and Great Britain, the band also celebrated their greatest triumph in Germany with their album “90125”. The song “Cinema” contained therein was also awarded a Grammy. In addition to his involvement with Yes, White was also a sought-after studio musician. He also worked with the likes of John Lennon (1940-1980), George Harrison (1943-2001) and Joe Cocker (1944-2014).