Iron Butterfly's Lee Dorman dies at 70

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Lee Dorman, best known as the bassist for the psychedelic-rock band, Iron Butterfly, was found dead in a vehicle in Orange County, CA on Friday (Dec. 21). The musician was 70 years old.

A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Department said that there was a coroner's investigation underway to determine the cause of death. Foul play was not, however, suspected in Dorman's death. The spokesperson further speculated that Dorman may have been on the way to visit a doctor at the time of his death.

Earlier reports had indicated that Dorman had heart issues and had reduced his activity in the music scene as a result. Despite this, the bassist is still listed as an active member o n Iron Butterfly's official website.The car in which Dorman's body was found was in the musician's own driveway when police arrived.

Iron Butterfly, formed in the late 1960s, rose to prominence with its second album, "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida." The album sold more than 30 million copies and became one of the most popular examples of the psychedelic rock cover. Dorman was an original member of the band and performed in the famous 17-minute recording of "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida."

Later, Dorman founded the progressive-rock band, Captain Beyond, and was also active in music production. Iron Butterfly had no immediate comment on Dorman's death.

Photo/Video credit: Iron Butterfly