Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar has died. He was 58.
LaBar’s passing was confirmed by his son, Sebastian, in an Instagram post that read, “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.” A cause of death was not revealed.
LaBar played on all four of Cinderella’s studio albums: 1986’s Night Songs, 1988’s Long Cold Winter, 1990’s Heartbreak Station and 1994’s Still Climbing.
A number of figures in the rock world took to Twitter to pay their respects to LaBar upon learning of his passing. Here are just some of the notable reactions, including a statement from LaBar’s Cinderella bandmate Tom Keifer and our own Jacky Bam Bam (you can hear his interview with Jeff here).
It gets harder as us 80’s Cool kids get older but 58 is just too young to say goodbye to my friend JEFF LABAR R.I.P. (Cinderella). He was a good guy & fun to be around,My sincerest condolences to The LABAR Family,Friends & Band Members. I’ll miss u Jeffy. https://t.co/L9W2jmZb12 pic.twitter.com/j64XTiqonL— Jacky Bambam (@jackybambam933) July 15, 2021
Gone to soon.— Mark Slaughter (@markslaughter33) July 15, 2021
RIP Jeff LaBar🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Ebk53z9qWu
Blown away hearing about Jeff LaBar. I can’t count the amount of shows we all did together with Cinderella and Poison. Rest In Peace my Brother.— Rikki Rockett (@RikkiRockett) July 15, 2021
Just heard that my pal and Philadelphia Eagles compadre Jeff LaBar passed away today!!! This is a tough one!!!! A great guitar player, Dad, and a incredibly sweet funny guy!!!! Rest In Peace buddy!!!! 🦅🦅🦅 @jeff_labar #ripjefflabar pic.twitter.com/7nkoRdw9NL— John Corabi (@Crablegs59) July 14, 2021
I’m deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Jeff LaBar. I had the honor of meeting Jeff multiple times when he would attend our shows in Nashville. He was always a gentleman & very kind. May God bless you Jeff & may God bless the LaBar family, friends & fans worldwide pic.twitter.com/QeR1va5rZT— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) July 15, 2021
Wow. I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of Jeff LaBar. The 1st Cinderella album had a huge effect on me. I was lucky to play with Jeff a number of times. He was the best. He will be dearly missed. Here we are rocking together back in the day. https://t.co/vjQtK09XMm— Todd Dammit Kerns (@todddammitkerns) July 15, 2021
In the middle of a TV shoot and on a break and just hearing now of Jeff LaBar passing away. Condolences to his family, friends and fans. Tragic sad news. Great guy who will be missed. RIP.— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) July 14, 2021