Yazit Ahmad, the drummer and founding member of popular Malaysian rock band Search, died today at 57. Yazit was rushed to the hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning (Sept 24) after he was unable to breathe.
Yazit’s son told The Star‘s Malay-language portal mStar the renowned musician suffered from brain damage because of a lack of oxygen and had to be put on life support. Just before noon today (Sept 26), Yazit breathed his last. Prior to his death, Yazit had been seeking treatment for kidney failure.
Search was formed in 1981 in Johor Bahru, with Yazit, guitarist Hillary Ang, bassist Memek and guitarist Zainal Rampa. It was still some years off its recording breakthrough as line-up changes happened.
In late 1981, Yazit and Ang were the remaining members with Suhaimi Abdul Rahman (Amy) recruited as the band’s frontman. Yazit, largely, assumed Search’s spokesman role, especially during the years when Amy left the band to go solo in the late1990s.
Search started out in the club scene in the Klang Valley, playing a live rock circuit that included venues like Red Rooster, Kelab Flamingo and Hard Rock Cafe (the Taman Tun Dr Ismail version).
In 1984, it secured a recording deal with major label PolyGram Records and released its debut album Cinta Buatan Malaysia that same year. Early albums such as Langit Dan Bumi (1985) and Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur (1986) cemented the band’s status as Malaysia’s leading rock band.
In 1989, the band went on to achieve immense commercial success, with its 1989 album Fenomena, which featured the rock ballad Isabella. Through his immense legacy with Search, Yazit is regarded as one of the country’s most influential drummers.
Yazit leaves behind wife Ramlah Ahmad and three children.