Report: Beloved Southern Rock Legend Dead At 66
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Rock Community Mourns Loss Of Veteran Southern Rock Guitarist
It’s with a heavy heart that we report the death of Dave Hlubeck, guitarist for seminal Southern rock outfit Molly Hatchet. He was 66. The tragic news was confirmed via a short statement posted to the band’s official Facebook account, saying, “It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved friend and band member Dave Hlubek. Amongst his many contributions to southern rock is “Flirtin’ with Disaster.” Our condolences and our prayers go out to his family during this time of loss. He will be missed but never forgotten, as the music lives on through his legacy in Molly Hatchet.”
Born in Jacksonville, Florida on August 28th, 1951, Hlubeck’s journey into rock legend began when he formed Molly Hatchet in 1971 at the age of 20, putting together a fiercely talented lineup that included recently departed bassist Banner Thomas, who died earlier this year after a battle with pneumonia. No details surrounding Hlubeck’s death have been made available, though multiple sources indicate that his death came as the result of a heart attack.
Our hearts go out to Dave’s friends, family, fans, and bandmates as they begin the next chapter of their lives, and as always, we thank Dave for the nearly 50 years of good old fashioned Southern rock he brought us that made us dance, made us feel, and gave us one hell of a soundtrack to our lives.