Yes drummer Alan White dies aged 72 after short illness

Alan White, who drummed on John Lennon's Imagine and with Yes for 50 years, has died, aged 72

In a statement on White's Facebook page, Gigi said: "Alan White, our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa, passed away at the age of 72 at his Seattle-area home on May 26, 2022, after a brief illness.

"Alan was born in Pelton, County Durham, England on June 14, 1949.

Throughout the 1960s, Alan honed his craft with a variety of bands, including The Downbeats, The Gamblers, Billy Fury, Alan Price Big Band, Bell and Arc, Terry Reid, Happy Magazine, and Balls with Trevor Burton  and Denny Laine .

"Alan joined Yes on July 27, 1972, and with only three days to learn the music, Yes opened their US tour before 15,000 fans in Dallas, Texas on July 30, 1972.

He is survived by his wife of forty years (May 15, 1982) Rogena “Gigi” (née Walberg), his children, Jesse (Emily), their two children JJ and Ellie, and Cassi (Kela), and sister-in-law Andrea Holmqvist (Robert)."

The band will now dedicate their 50th Anniversary Close to the Edge UK Tour in June to White.