Who was Jeff LaBar?
Jeff LaBar was an American metal guitarist, known for being a member of the band ‘Cinderella’. LaBar played for the glam metal band from 1985 till their breakup in 2017. He was well-known for his performances in Cinderella’s albums like ‘Night Songs’, ‘Long Cold Winter’, ‘Heartbreak Station’, and ‘Still Climbing’.
His death was confirmed on social media by his son Sebastian LaBar, who is a guitarist himself as well.
How old was Jeff LaBar?
Jeff LaBar was 58 years old at the time of death.
Jeff LaBar Cinderella
LaBar had joined Cinderella four years after the band’s formation in 1982 after the original lead guitarist Michael Schermick aka Michael Kelly Smith was replaced. Aside from appearing on all four of Cinderella’s albums, he also performed for their two greatest hits compilation CDs, as well as the live project ‘Live At The Key Club’.
The 1963-born guitarist helped the metal band deliver classic hit numbers like ‘Heartbreak Station’, ‘Somebody Save Me, ‘Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone, ‘Nobody’s Fool’, ‘The Last Mile’ etc.
With his contribution, the band sold over 15 million records across the world.
Alongside Cinderella, LaBar also played for other bands like Naked Beggars, Freakshow, and Cheap Thrill.
Since 2014, he was also known for heading a solo project.
Jeff LaBar Wife
He is survived by his second wife Debinique LaBar and son Sebastian — who is a guitarist for bands Mach22.
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His son Sebastian confirmed the news of his death on Wednesday via a social media post. He wrote on Instagram, “So I just got the call… @jefflabar, my father, my hero, my idol, passed away today…”
Last year, LaBar took to Instagram to praise his son on his birthday. He wrote, “Happy birthday Big Daddy!!! @baz5000 3 of my fav pics from 3 decades of our life together. It’s a dream come true for a father to have his son follow in his footsteps especially when the family business is music. You’re twice the guitarist I ever was & have so much more to give. I couldn’t be prouder & I love you so much. Happy 28th & keep up the great work.”
LaBar’s first wife, Gaile LaBar-Bernhardt, told TMZ that the guitarist was found dead on Wednesday inside his apartment in Nashville. She and LaBar reportedly hosted a radio show — ‘Late Night with the LaBars’.
Sebastian is his son from this marriage.
It is unclear when he and Gaile divorced but LaBar married Debinique LaBar.
Jeff LaBar Death
Jeff LaBar was reportedly found dead on Wednesday, July 14 inside his apartment in Nashville, Tennessee. LaBar’s death comes on the heels of the deaths of celebrities like actors Toby Kirkup and Charlie Robinson.
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— UltimateClassicRock (@UltClassicRock) July 15, 2021
LaBar passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
Jeff LaBar Family
Jeff LaBar Cause of Death
While the cause of Jeff LaBar’s death is not exactly certain at the moment, the guitarist’s struggle with alcoholism is well-known. He has also dealt with substance abuse for years. In fact, in 2016, LaBar blamed his own drinking problems as the root cause for Cinderella’s inactivity for years.
He was believed to be caught in a vicious cycle where the inactivity pushed him towards substance abuse.
Meanwhile, fans of Jeff LaBar posted heartfelt tributes to their favorite legend after his tragic death.