Jeff LaBar was 58 when he was discovered by his by his ex partner Gaile LaBar-Bernhardt, who he shares son Sebastian with. Gaile had come to check up on the musician as she hadn’t heard from him for a few days.
Confirming the news, their son wrote on Instagram: “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!”
Jeff’s bandmates Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham and Fred Coury wrote in a statement: “Heavy hearts cannot begin to describe the feeling of losing our brother Jeff.
“The bind 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. We’re sending his wife Debinique, his son Sebastian, family, and friends our deepest condolences.
“Jeff’s memory and music will be with us forever. We all… band, family and management appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of love. Rest in peace Jeff.”
Cinderella formed in 1983, welcoming LaBar into the group in 1985 as the replacement for the original guitarist Michael Shermick.
The musician was also in a side band with Cinderella bandmate Eric Brittingham called Naked Beggars.
In 2012, Cinderella completed their 20th anniversary tour with American band Poison.
Two years later, he released his solo record One For The Road.
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