Earth and Fire keyboard player Gerard Koerts died on Wednesday at the age of 71. The composer and producer had lung problems for some time.

That lets guitarist Hans Ziech know the AD . Ziech was in the seventies and eighties together with Koerts a member of the pop group in The Hague.

During the last ten years of his life, Koerts lived in France together with his wife Ella. The composer died there too. "He had been ill for a while, the last days he was going backwards", says Ziech, who also said that Koerts had been in a coma since Monday.

Koerts started at the age of 14, with his twin brother Chris, a musical duo under the name The Singing Twins . From that came Earth and Fire. Meaning twin brother is also living in France.