Lead Singer Behind Legendary Rock Song Dead at 78

(NationRise.com) – Doug Ingle, the lead singer and founding member of the rock band Iron Butterfly, known for his vocals in the legendary song ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,’ died on May 24 at the age of 78.

His son, Doug Ingle Jr., announced his passing but didn’t provide any cause of death or the place where his father died. However, he said in a statement that Ingle died during the evening and that the whole family is in shock as his death represents a “huge loss” and a significant “crack.” He added that his father’s death is one of the biggest challenges the Ingle family has ever navigated, closing the statement by saying that his father was a “wonderful person.”

Ingle Jr. also posted another statement on his Facebook page, where he published some pictures of himself with his father. He detailed that far from what some media outlets have speculated, his father had a peaceful death and was accompanied by his family during the transition. Ingle Jr. added in the Facebook post that he would always be thankful for having a father who was also his friend and teacher and for sharing part of his life with someone who gave him “loving memories” that he will carry forever.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1945, Doug Ingle was the last surviving member of Iron Butterfly, a band that was formed in 1966 in San Diego, California. The band, which saw the unfortunate loss of its first member, guitarist Erik Brann, in 2003, and subsequently bassist Lee Dorman in 2012, and drummer Ron Bushy in 2021, was a significant part of the rock music scene.

Before their disbandment in 1971, Iron Butterfly recorded ‘Metamorphosis ‘, a groundbreaking album that not only became the band’s most important work but also a cornerstone of 1970s rock. Despite the band’s reunion a few years later, Doug Ingle chose not to participate. However, he did make special appearances with the band in some concerts during the 1980s and 1990s, before finally retiring from his music career in 1998.

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