​John Wetton of Asia and King Crimson Dead at 67

​John Wetton of Asia and King Crimson Dead at 67
Following a battle with cancer, prog rocker John Wetton has passed away at the age of 67.
 
The multi-instrumentalist received his first big break in the music industry when he joined King Crimson as the lead singer in 1972. He later toured with Roxy Music and recorded multiple albums with Uriah Heap. In 1977 he formed and fronted UK; upon their break-up in 1980, Wetton released his solo debut Caught in the Crossfire.
 
He is best known, however, as a co-founder and frontman of Asia, alongside Steve Howe and Geoff Downs of Yes, as well as Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Though Wetton didn't remain a consistent member of Asia for the entire duration of the band, he rejoined the group in 2006 and remained a member until his death.
 
Asia's official Twitter account confirmed Wetton's death this morning (January 31), announcing that Wetton "passed away in his sleep this morning."
 

His former bandmate Carl Palmer has since shared his own personal condolences via a Facebook post. Read it in its entirety below.
 


Other artists, collaborators and fans have also shared messages of sympathy. Read a selection of those below.