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Iron Butterfly Bassist

Dead at 70

12/21/2012 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Lee Dorman -- the bassist for the acid rock band Iron Butterfly -- was found dead at his home in Orange County, CA earlier today ... TMZ has learned.

70-year-old Dorman was an original member of the group -- and played during their famous 17 minute recording of the rock classic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida."

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... officers responded to Dorman's home around 10 AM this morning ... and he was found sitting in his car.

We're told cops do not believe there is anything suspicious about his death.

Dorman reportedly had a history of heart problems -- and according to some reports, the medical issue forced him to retire from music.

Story developing ... 


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Joe Momma    

Lee was not the original bassist. He came on board for the second album. I saw the Iron Butterfly perform with their original 5 man lineup just after their first album was released. Lee came on board for the second album. I saw the Iron Butterfly a few times in the last several years, & Lee had to sit on a stool while performing. The last time I saw them, he took oxygen after they finished. Sad to say, but his continued smoking definitely didn't help his heart condition. He was a great bass player & will be missed. My condolences to his family & friends.

667 days ago

She's baaaack    

RIP. I'll have that song in my head all day. da da da da da da ba ba ba ba da da da da da da ...

667 days ago

brendan havel    

he is now in "The Garden of Eden"
may he rest in peace, brother.

667 days ago


I saw them open for the Doors at the Shrine Auditorium.
What a journey. RIP.
You and your band was one of the greats.

667 days ago
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