Peter Banks, the original guitarist and founding member of the British band simply known as "Yes," is dead at the age of 65. The USA Today reported on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, that Banks actually died back on March 7, 2013.
A post from Banks' official website states that he died from heart failure and was found dead in his London home. People knew something was wrong when he didn't show up for a recording session, and they went to his home to check.
A statement was released on the official Facebook page of the band by the members of "Yes," as they mourned the loss of their mate and friend.
"We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of fellow bandmate 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."
Rolling Stone states that Banks was a part of the band for their first two albums before being replaced by Steve Howe.
From that point, Banks went on to form the band Flash and released three albums with them. He then formed the band Empire and released another three albums with them. Banks did some solo work as well and was working on a live collection at the time of his death.