Jeffrey Philip LaBar was an American guitarist who played in the glam metal band Cinderella. He joined on March 18, 1963, and died on July 14, 2021.
During a breakup of Cinderella in the mid-1990s, LaBar ran a pizza shop with his brother and did various construction jobs to make money.
LaBar was born in Darby, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Upper Darby Township. LaBar’s mother, June, had some Japanese ancestry. His brother Jack LaBar got him interested in playing the guitar.
From a previous marriage, LaBar had a son named Sebastian. Sebastian is the lead guitarist for both Mach22 and Tantric.
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What caused Jeff LaBar’s death?
LaBar was born on March 18, 1963, and he is said to have died on July 14, 2021, at his apartment in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gaile LaBar-Bernhardt, his ex-girlfriend, came to check on him after not hearing from him for a few days. She found him unconscious.
No cause of death has been given yet.
His 28-year-old son Sebastian confirmed on Instagram that LaBar had died.
He wrote: “So, I just got the phone call. @jefflabar, my father, my hero, my idol, passed away today.
“Right now, I don’t know what to say. “I love you, Pop! Please share photos or videos of all the fun times we had with my dad if you can. It would mean a lot to me.”
Reactions to the death of Jeff Labar
After hearing the sad news, many fans, friends, and supporters took to social media sites to express their sadness.
Fred Coury, Keifer, and Eric Brittingham, who are still in Cinderella, put out a statement saying, “Losing our brother Jeff has left us with very heavy hearts. We had a special bond as a band because we had been making music and touring the world together for decades.
One of his fans wrote on Twitter, “Just heard that Jeff Labar died. In his honor, I’ll be listening to Cinderella whenever I want to for at least the next few days. Really, really sad…. Jeff, we will miss you. Stay at peace.”
Another person wrote, “Gone way too soon at the young age of 58. Thanks for all the songs! Shred away in peace! @ Texas – San Antonio”
A Twitter user said, “I just heard, another part of my childhood is gone. He was a great guitarist and a great performer. RIP @jeff labar”
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How did Jeff LaBar die?
After the original lead guitarist, Michael Schermick, aka Michael Kelly Smith, was replaced, LaBar joined Cinderella four years after the band was formed in 1982. Besides being on all four of Cinderella’s albums, he also played on their two greatest hits CDs and “Live At The Key Club,” a live project.
The guitarist, who was born in 1963, helped the metal band make hits 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 help, the band was able to sell more than 15 million records all over the world.
LaBar played for bands like Naked Beggars, Freakshow, and Cheap Thrill in addition to Cinderella. Since 2014, he was also known for running a project by himself.
Jeff LaBar’s death is still a mystery, but it is well known that the guitarist struggled with alcoholism. He has also struggled with drug abuse for a long time.
In fact, in 2016, LaBar said that Cinderella’s long period of inactivity was caused by his own drinking problems. People thought that he was stuck in a cycle of inactivity that led him to start using drugs.