The Chicago-born musician passed away from cancer Monday morning in Germany, according to a statement from his publicist and posted to the band's official web site.
Before starting the Doors, Manzarek grew up on the South Side, attending Everett Elementary School and St. Rita High School before enrolling at DePaul, where he graduated with
an economics degree.
After that, he headed west to UCLA where he met poet Jim Morrison in 1965 and formed the Doors. Until Morrison's death in 1971 the moody, often psychedelic band was enshrined in the pantheon of 1960s rock stardom thanks to songs such as "L.A.Woman," "Break On Through to the Other Side," "The End," "Hello, I Love You," and "Light My Fire." In 2002, Manzarek began touring again with Doors guitarist and long-time collaborator Robby Krieger.