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Thu Aug 15, 2013, 03:16 AM Aug 2013

Don't fear the Reaper songwriter has died. [View all]

Founding Blue Oyster Cult keyboardist and guitarist Allen Lanier has died at the age of 66 after being hospitalized with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, according to the band’s official Facebook page. “DFTR sweet man,” the post reads, in apparent reference to their hit ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper.’ “We love you and miss you.”

Apart from a two year absence in the ’80s, Lanier was with B.O.C. from their inception in 1967 until his retirement in 2006. He co-wrote several songs for the group, including ‘True Confessions,’ In Thee,’ ‘Tenderloin,’ and ‘Lonely Teardrops.’ In November 2012 he rejoined his former bandmates on stage for the last time at a special New York concert commemorating the release of a career-spanning box set.

According to WebMd, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a lung disease that restricts breathing, “caused by damage to the lungs over many years, usually from smoking.”


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Shit. That really sucks. I was just reminded last night that BOC played the protest outside the Egalitarian Thug Aug 2013 #1
The Reaper is one of the BEST rock songs ever! Zorra Aug 2013 #2
Fairly easy to play Ichingcarpenter Aug 2013 #3
Are you a guitar player? Zorra Aug 2013 #4
Not any more but my adult children play Ichingcarpenter Aug 2013 #6
Did you say cowbell? discntnt_irny_srcsm Aug 2013 #7
First song I heard from BOC... Unknown Beatle Aug 2013 #5
Turn It Up LOUD! HangOnKids Aug 2013 #16
RIP allen. discntnt_irny_srcsm Aug 2013 #8
One very sad cowbell salute for Mr. Lanier...RIP. bullwinkle428 Aug 2013 #9
Sad news Redneck_Dem Aug 2013 #10
I remember being told that that song was going to make me a satanist. progressoid Aug 2013 #11
RIP to the coolest and tallest member of BOC Tom Ripley Aug 2013 #12
The Reaper reaped anyway tblue Aug 2013 #13
For him, the cowbell tolls. n/t hughee99 Aug 2013 #14
Great song RZM Aug 2013 #15
Sad...RIP joeybee12 Aug 2013 #17
Guitarist Buck Dharma wrote "Don't Fear the Reaper" brentspeak Aug 2013 #18
I will hang my cowbell at 1/2 staff today. Initech Aug 2013 #19
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