Guitarist Peter Banks, best known as a founding member of English rock band Yes, died Thursday in London. According to Banks’ official website, he was found in his home, after failing to attend a recording session. The site lists the cause of death as heart failure.
While Banks left Yes two years into the band’s life, the impression he left on them was lasting. It was Banks who suggested they call themselves Yes, when the other members couldn’t think of a name. He played on the band’s first two albums, 1969’s “Yes,” and 1970’s “Time and a Word,” before being asked to leave the band, USA Today reports.
After his time with Yes, Banks continued to make music. In addition to his five solo records, he formed two bands, Flash and Empire, releasing seven more albums.
Yes, who are currently touring, released a statement on Banks passing, saying, “We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of fellow band mate and founding Yes member Peter Banks. He was a huge piece of the fabric that made Yes what it is, and our thoughts, sincere condolences, and prayers are with him and his family. Peter, we shall miss you greatly.”