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Keith Emerson's death has been ruled a suicide

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, Keith Emerson attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants  (NAMM) show in Anaheim, Calif. A Los Angeles coroner’s official said Tuesday, March 15, 2016, that Emerson’s death has been ruled a suicide after an autopsy revealed he shot himself in the head. Emerson was found dead in his Santa Monica condominium by his longtime partner early on Friday, March 11, 2016. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, Keith Emerson attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, Calif. A Los Angeles coroner’s official said Tuesday, March 15, 2016, that Emerson’s death has been ruled a suicide after an autopsy revealed he shot himself in the head. Emerson was found dead in his Santa Monica condominium by his longtime partner early on Friday, March 11, 2016. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A coroner's official says the death of keyboardist Keith Emerson, co-founder of the seminal progressive rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has been ruled a suicide.

Los Angeles coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said Tuesday the determination was made after an autopsy showed Emerson shot himself in the head. He says there were also signs the 71-year-old man had a heart condition.

Emerson's body was found early Friday by his longtime partner.

Authorities suspected Emerson shot himself but the determination did not become official until after the autopsy.

Emerson, drummer Carl Palmer and vocalist/guitarist Greg Lake were giants of progressive rock in the 1970s, recording six platinum-selling albums.

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