Asia’s John Wetton Has Died

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John Wetton, the legendary musician who played with King Crimson and Asia, has died.

The cause of death was a protracted battle with colon cancer.

Wetton was 67.

Boasting a packed musical CV, the Willington-born Wetton played with everyone from Roxy Music to Wishbone Ash to Uriah Heep. Enlisted in a new iteration of King Crimson in the early ’70s, Wetton played bass and sang for the prog-rock heroes. In 1981 he joined forces with Geoff Downes, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe to form the chart-topping outfit Asia.

The band’s self-titled 1982 went to Number One in the U.S. and sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Asia was set to tour with Journey this month, but Wetton released a statement explaining he needed more chemotherapy and wouldn’t be able to join the band on tour.

He is survived by his wife Lisa, son Dylan, brother Robert and mother Peggy