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Iron Butterfly co-founder Doug Ingle dies at 78; last surviving original member of the band

Doug Ingle, co-founder of 1960s rock band Iron Butterfly and the voice of their iconic hit “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” has died at the age of 78.

His death was announced by his son, Doug Ingle Jr., in a heartfelt social media post on May 24, Rolling Stone reported. He did not provide the cause of death.

“It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce the death of my father, Doug Ingle. “Dad passed away peacefully this evening in the presence of his family,” Ingle Jr. wrote. “Thank you, Dad, for being a father, teacher and friend. Precious, loving memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my days as I continue on this journey of life. I love you Dad.”

Ingle, who sang and played organ in Iron Butterfly, was the last surviving member of the band’s classic late-1960s lineup.

Founded in San Diego, Iron Butterfly rose to fame with their 17-minute epic “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” which sold an estimated 30 million copies worldwide.

The title comes from a drunken misinterpretation of “In the Garden of Eden” by late drummer Ron Bushy.

The song has left a significant mark on culture, and was featured prominently in a 1995 episode of “The Simpsons” titled “Bart Sells His Soul.”

It has also been recorded by numerous artists, including Slayer and The Residents, and has even appeared in films such as Michael Mann’s “Manhunter.”

Iron Butterfly eventually broke up in 1971, but reunited several times over the years, with Ingle participating in brief reunions in the late 1970s and 1980s and longer reunions in the 1990s until his retirement in 1999.