Ian MacDonald, 75, founder of King Crimson & Forens, has died

Ian MacDonald dies at 75 (Photo credit: Instagram /

Ian MacDonald dies at 75 (Photo credit: Instagram /

Progressive Rock’s English architect Ian MacDonald, co – founder of King Crimson and Foreigner, has died. He was 75 years old. The artist’s son Max wrote in a statement shared on Friday by the King Crimson label that his father died of cancer on February 9th. “He was incredibly brave and did not lose his kindness and sense of humor when the journey was rough,” wrote McDonald’s son. “My father was a brilliant and intelligent musician, a gentle soul and a wonderful father. He will live forever with beautiful music and the love of his fans.” Born in Asterley, Middlesex, England in 1946, MacDonald was a multi-instrumentalist and lyricist who played the saxophone and keyboard for the King Crimson Seminary Group.

He co-wrote the band’s first 1969 album, In the Court of the Crimson King.

“Ian’s contribution to the Crimson King was invaluable and profound,” read a statement from the band’s record label, Discipline Global Mobile.

He later became a session musician for the band’s 1975 record Red, and spent time with McDonald’s group.

He formed the British-American band Foreigner, along with musician guitarist and lyricist Mick Jones, and played and played many instruments.

Along with the saxophone and keyboards, he also played the McDonald’s flute, vibrophone and guitar.

McDonald recently played with the 21st Century Schizoid Band, which was created by King Crimson alumni.

In 2017 he formed another group called Honey West, which also includes the contributions of Bass’ son.


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