Ian McDonald (musician)

English musician, co-founder of King Crimson and Foreigner (1946–2022)

Ian McDonald (25 June 1946 – 9 February 2022) was an English multi-instrumental musician. He was best known as a founding member of progressive rock band King Crimson in 1969, and of Foreigner in 1976.

Ian McDonald
McDonald in 2009
McDonald in 2009
Background information
Born(1946-06-25)25 June 1946
Osterley, Middlesex, England
Died9 February 2022(2022-02-09) (aged 75)
New York City, U.S.
GenresRock, progressive rock, jazz fusion, hard rock
  • Musician
  • songwriter
InstrumentsSaxophone, flute, keyboards, guitar
Years active1968–2022

McDonald died at his home in New York City, on February 9, 2022, at the age of 75.[1]


  1. "Ian McDonald, King Crimson and Foreigner Founding Member, Dies". Ultimate Classic Rock. 10 February 2022. Retrieved 11 February 2022.