Blue Öyster Cult founding member Allen Lanier has died after a battle with lung disease. He was 67. A statement from the band said: "We've lost our friend and bandmate. DFTR sweet man. We love you and miss you." ("DFTR" standing for Don't Fear The Reaper). The keyboardist and guitarist retired from the band in 2006, but returned for an anniversary show late last year. Lanier co-founded the group in 1967, and appeared on all fourteen studio albums released by the band. Lanier is survived by his wife, sister and mother.