Yes Drummer Alan White Dead at 72 After Brief Illness 💉
Alan White, a musician best known for his work as the drummer for rock band Yes, has died at 72.
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.https://t.co/FjaCeYhUk2 pic.twitter.com/nPsL8m3XhH
— YESofficial (@yesofficial) May 26, 2022
White’s family confirmed he died at his “Seattle-area home after a brief illness” in a lengthy social media post Thursday, which also honored his legacy.
“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 post said.
Hall of Fame drummer Alan White, who performed with Yes for 50 years and appears on George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' and John Lennon's "Imagine" and "Instant Karma," has died at 72 after a brief illness. https://t.co/LFc36FBk9w
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) May 26, 2022
— The Duck Loves Rock (@TheDuckLR) May 26, 2022
RIP, Alan White…what an incredible drummer, who I am fortunate to have seen live on a number of occasions. Alan has always been one of my all-time favorites. Yes made music that certainly challenged a drummer, and he was incredible. #RIPAlanWhite pic.twitter.com/mwfJYLsa1B
— Skylab (@SkyLabTapes) May 26, 2022
White was born in Pelton, County Durham, England on June 14, 1949. He started playing the drums at the age of 12 and began performing a year later.
Shocked and saddened to hear of the death of an old friend ALAN WHITE drummer of YES, John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band and many others. RIP Alan and condolences to his wife Gigi, also his family and friends around Seattle. pic.twitter.com/rGFZeS9Tv5
— THE CHRIS SLADE TIMELINE (@SladeTimeline) May 26, 2022
RIP Alan White. Your body of work with Yes speaks for itself, so all I can do is thank you for making so much of my favourite music pic.twitter.com/B9aSIj0GdW
— Keith Okie (@keith_okie) May 26, 2022
— John Wetton Legacy – Remembering Wetton (@officialjwetton) May 26, 2022
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.
Gigi, Jesse, and Cassi
— Alan White (@AlanWhiteYes) May 26, 2022
— Alan White (@AlanWhiteYes) April 12, 2022