Lee Dorman


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lee Dorman, the bassist for psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, has died at age 70.

Orange County sheriff's spokeswoman Gail Krause says Dorman was found dead in a vehicle Friday morning. A coroner's investigation is under way, but foul play is not suspected.

Krause said Dorman may have been on his way to a doctor's appointment when he died.

Iron Butterfly was formed and rose to prominence in the late 1960s. Its second album, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," sold more than 30 million copies, according to the band's website. The title track's distinctive notes have been featured in numerous films and TV shows including "The Simpsons," ''That '70s Show" and in the series finale of "Rescue Me."

Douglas Lee Dorman was born in September 1942 and had been living in Laguna Niguel, a coastal city in Southern California, when he died.

A message sent through the band's website was not immediately returned.

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You helped create the rock anthem of my generation. We used to blare In-A-Godda across our fire base speakers in Viet Nam. It always got our blood running !!

A genuine giant of the bass guitar, with all the contrapuntal melodicism of James Jamerson. I turned on to the Butterfly when I was a kid and have stuck with them ever since (and that's a LONG time at this point). If any of Lee's family members happen to read this, I offer my sincere condolences.

Happy 71st Birthday Lee. We all miss you.

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Bumming... Just heard. Gonna rib Charlie and Ron for not letting me know. Doug, if ya can read me... Thanks, can't help but think you helped make me who I am. Best to you as you find what ever is next. The world has surely lost one of the best. So glad I've had the pleasure to know you. Mike in CT.

Lee, Your music will always be a fine addition to our lives. Hope you are jamming with Erik, Rhino and even Daryl up there. You all made Iron Butterfly great beyond words.

My first real rock concert was Iron Butterfly at Agg Hall at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 4/25/69. I was mesmorized and will NEVER forget it. Lee was an integral part of a band that has influenced me to this day. Thanks big guy.