“Alan White, our beloved husband, dad and grandfather, passed away at the age of 72 at his Seattle area home on May 26, 2022, after a brief illness,” the post read.
“Throughout his life and his six-decade career, Alan has been many things to many people: a certified rock star to fans everywhere, a bandmate to a select few, and a gentleman and friend. for all who met him.”
Members of White’s band said they would dedicate their UK ‘Close to the Edge’ tour in June to their “much-loved drummer”.
Following news of his death, tributes from celebrities and musicians around the world flooded social media.
She added: “He was always sweet, kind and cheerful. We were lucky to have him as part of our family.”
White started playing drums at age 12 and was performing in public within a year, his family said in their Facebook post.
He played with several other bands before joining Yes, including the Downbeats, Gamblers and Bell & Arc.
In 1969, John Lennon invited White to join the Plastic Ono Band, which led to him being featured on several Lennon albums, including “Imagine.”
When White joined Yes in July 1972, he had just three days to learn the songs before the start of a major US tour, his family said. He contributed to hits such as “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, “Long Distance Runaround” and “Roundabout”.
His long musical career has also seen him work with stars such as George Harrison, Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton.
White was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Yes in 2017.
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