0520_ray_singleRay Manzarek -- keyboardist and founding member of The Doors -- has died at age 74.

Manzarek passed away at 12:31pm at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer, according to a statement published on The Doors' official Twitter account.

Manzarek and Jim Morrison formed The Doors in 1965 after a chance meeting in Venice, California. The Doors would become one of the biggest rock acts for years, until Morrison's death in 1971.

Celebrities took to Twitter to pay tribute to the rocker.

Read their Tweets below:

Slash ‏@Slash
RIP Ray Manzarek words cannot express...

Pete Yorn @PeteYorn
RIP Ray Manzarek. Turn up light my fire. http://m.tmz.com/#Article/2013/05/20/ray-manzarek-dead-the-doors-cancer …

Elijah Wood ‏@woodelijah
The End. Sad to hear of Ray Manzarek's passing.

Questlove Jenkins ‏@questlove
The End http://tmz.me/Z8NFMH  #TheDoors

DJ Maseo (De La Soul) @DeLaSoulsDugout
R.I.P Ray Manzarek (The Doors) De La sampled The Doors (Bro's a Basehead) & they were sampled by Hov & Kanye on this

Clint Boon ‏@therealboon
Ray Manzarek, you were unbeatable. I could never imagine the World without you in it. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace brother xxx

Justin Siegel ‏@justinsiegel
RIP Ray Manzarek. Founding member of my favorite band of all time, @TheDoors.

Rachel Federoff ‏@RachelFederoff
omg! i'm so heartbroken!!! http://www.tmz.com/2013/05/20/ray-manzarek-dead-the-doors-cancer/ … another legend gone. RIP Ray.Justin Siegel ‏@justinsiegel 28m

RIP Ray Manzarek. Founding member of my favorite band of all time, @TheDoors.

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