Alan White

Alan White, Yes and Plastic Ono Band drummer, dead at 72

Alan White, the British drummer who played in the progressive rock band Yes and featured on John Lennon's "Imagine,

The musician, born in County Durham, England.

White’s death was announced on his Facebook page by his family. The post said he died at his Seattle-area home Thursday after a brief illness.

Just days earlier Yes had announced that due to health issues.

Throughout his life and six-decade career, Alan was many things to many people: a certified rock star to fans around the world.

He had been looking forward to a forthcoming UK tour and celebrating his 50th anniversary with the band.

When progressive rock fell out of fashion in the late 1970s many of the bands associated with the genre struggled.

His long musical career also saw him work with stars including George Harrison, Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton.