Blue Oyster Cult (B.O.C.) co-founder Allen Lanier died on August 14th at age 67 after being hospitalized with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease -- a condition linked directly to smoking, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. Lanier, who took a leave from the band between 1985 and 1987, played an integral role in the band's career as songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist between 1967 -- in the pre-B.O.C. band Soft White Underbelly -- through 2006, with such signature tines as "True Confessions," "In Thee," "Tenderloin," and "Lonely Teardrops." Lanier was also romantically linked to Patti Smith, with whom he collaborated with, as well as key punk and post-punk artists including Jim Carroll, the Dictators, and the Clash.
B.O.C. referenced their 1976 classic "Don't Fear The Reaper" by posting on its Facebook page: "DFTR sweet man. We love you and miss you."
B.O.C. guitarist Eric Bloom posted on his own Facebook page: "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."