Who died from the band Cinderella?
Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar has died aged 58. The musician, who performed with the glam metal band from 1985 to 2017, was found dead on Wednesday (14 July) at his apartment in Nashville, Tennessee. The IndependentJeff LaBar death: Cinderella guitarist dies aged 58
15 July, 2021 - 06:43am
The glam rocker's family and bandmates lead tributes on social media
Confirming the news on Instagram, LaBar's son Sebastian writes: “My father, my hero, my idol, passed away today. I'm currently at a loss for words. I love you pop! If you could, please share pictures or [videos] of all the fun times we all had with my dad. It would be greatly appreciated.”
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The surviving members of Cinderella's final lineup upon its official disbandment in 2017 – founding frontman Tom Keifer and bassist Eric Brittingham, plus drummer Fred Coury – have issued a statement:
“Heavy hearts cannot begin to describe the feeling of losing our brother Jeff. The bond between us over decades of creating music and touring the world is something that we as a band uniquely shared. Those memories with Jeff will be forever alive in our hearts. It's unimaginable that one of our band brothers has left us.
Jeff LaBar joined Cinderella in 1985, following the band's formation three years earlier. He appeared on several albums, including 1986's Night Songs, 1988's Long Cold Winter, 1990's Heartbreak Station and 1994's Still Climbing.
The band never released new material following Still Climbing. This was in part due to problems with Tom Keifer's voice, but also due to the “irreconcilable differences” Keifer had with the rest of the band.
Speaking to the Another FN podcast in 2016, LaBar said that the band made a pact a long time ago to not continue Cinderella if one of them dropped out. “I think vocalist and guitarist Tom Keifer is going to stick to that,” he said. “I don’t talk to him anymore, so I don’t really know for a fact. But we all made a pact not to do it if it wasn’t the four of us – and it’s not the four of us anymore.”
While Cinderella didn't issue any new material after their 1994 LP, LaBar released his debut solo album – entitled One for the Road – in 2014.
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JEFF LaBar, guitarist with glam rock band Cinderella, has died at the age of 58.
The sad news of LaBar's death was confirmed by his son Sebastian in an Instagram message.
LaBar was the guitarist with Cinderella and played on all four of their albums before the band broke up in 2017.
He replaced the band’s original guitarist Michael Schermick in 1985.
Cinderella, which featured singer-songwriter Tom Keifer, went on to sell around 15million records worldwide.
The group’s first two albums, 1986’s Night Songs and 1988’s Long Cold Winter were both certified triple platinum for sales of over three million copies each.
They went on to record two more albums, Heartbreak Station and Still Climbing.
LaBar also recorded a solo album, One For The Road in 2014 and played with a number of other groups including Cheap Thrill, Freakshow, and the Naked Beggars.
He was known as a foodie and chef, collaborating with chef "Iron Mike" Rolchigo to produce a hot sauce which reports say was “almost ready for production” at the beginning of July 2021.
LaBar blamed himself for the break up of the band, saying his heavy drinking was a big factor.
The Nobody's Fool rocker told Another FN Podcast in 2016: “I believe it's all my fault.
“It's no secret that I've had a drinking problem. And it showed its ugly face on one of those [cruises that Cinderella played].
"I guess that's what caused a rift.
“When I fell out on one of those cruise ships in front of everybody - like, basically O.D.'d - that's when the band, and mostly Tom, took notice and was, like, ‘What the f**k?’”
Jeff added: “It's just Tom and I that don't talk anymore. And I can only speculate that he's very disappointed and doesn't wanna see me die. He doesn't wanna witness me dying.”
LaBar had son Sebastian with his then wife Gaile LaBar-Bernhardt, who is said to have found his body.
LaBar, born March 18, 1963, reportedly died at his Nashville, Tennessee, apartment on July 14, 2021.
He was discovered unconscious by his ex, Gaile LaBar-Bernhardt, who had come to check on him after not hearing from him for a couple of days.
A cause of death has not yet been given.
LaBar’s death was confirmed by his son Sebastian, 28, on Instagram.
He wrote: “So I just got the call. @jefflabar, my father, my hero, my idol, passed away today.
“I'm currently at a loss for words. I love you pop!
"If you could, please share pictures or video of all the fun times we all had with my dad. It would be greatly appreciated.”
Poison drummer Rikki Rockett said on social media that he was “blown away” and couldn't “count the amount of shows we all did together with Cinderella and Poison”.
Slaughter co-founder Mark Slaughter tweeted “Gone too soon. RIP Jeff LaBar,” adding a black and white photo of himself with the rocker.