Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar has died at the age of 58.
The legendary rock guitarist passed away on Wednesday (July 14), LaBar was a member of the popular glam metal band Cinderella since 1985, when he replaced their original guitarist Michael Schermick, and continued as their guitarist until their breakup in 2017.
His son, Sebastian Labar, who plays guitar in the bands Mach22 and Tantric, shared the sad news on his Instagram late Wednesday evening.
“So i just got the call… @jefflabar , my father, my hero, my idol, passed away today. I’m currently at a loss for words,” Sebastian captioned a series of photos with his late Father. “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.”
The Pennsylvania native and guitarist has previously admitted to struggling with alcoholism for years and even blame the substance abuse for Cinderella’s inactivity. Cinderella formed in 1982 in the suburbs of Philadelphia and in 2017 the band broke up. Frontman Tom Keifer stated in November 2017 that the popular rock group has no plans to reunite, explaining that “issues between the band members are beyond repair.”
LaBar has appeared on all four of Cinderella’s albums, including Night Songs, Long Cold Winter, Heartbreak Station and their final album, Still Climbing. In addition to appearing on all four of the band’s albums, he also appears on their two greatest hits compilation cds and their live project, Live At The Key Club. The band has sold over 15 million records worldwide.
The band has had several hit singles including “Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone,” “Somebody Save Me,” “Heartbreak Station,” “Nobody’s Fool,” “The Last Mile,” & “Shake Me.”
Additionally, he has also played in bands such as the Naked Beggars, Freakshow, Cheap Thrill and also fronted a solo project since 2014.
LaBar was born on March 18, 1963 and passed away on July 14, 2021.
Cause of death is currently unknown.
Family, fans and musicians are sharing their condolences and memories throughout social media.