Founding Blue Oyster Cult Member Dr.SniFF Dead At Sixty-Six

Allen Lanier, a founding member of Blue Oyster Cult, has died at the age of 66. The band broke news via its official Facebook page and confirmed that the guitarist suffered from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

The band's vocalist Eric Bloom paid tribute Lanier in a Facebook post writing:

"My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I'll miss the guy even though we hadn't spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All BOC fans and band members will mourn his death. Ultimately smoking finally got to him. He had been hospitalized with C.O.P.D. It was Allen who heard some old college band tapes of mine and suggested I get a shot as the singer in 1968. A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he's playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now."

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