According to TMZ.com, IRON BUTTERFLY bassist Lee Dorman was found dead at his home in Laguna Nigel, a coastal city in Southern California, earlier today (Friday, December 21). He was 70 years old.
Orange County sheriff’s spokeswoman Gail Krause said that police arrived at Dorman‘s home at approximately 10 a.m. and found the musician sitting in his car. The bassist, who reportedly had a history of heart trouble, was unresponsive. Authorities don’t believe there is anything suspicious about his death.
Dorman joined IRON BUTTERFLY before the release of 1968’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” album, which sold more than 30 million copies, according to the band’s web site. He rejoined the group in 1977 and has been performing with them ever since.