Who are Jeff LaBar's wife and children? Late guitarist said son Sebastian was 'twice' as talented
Last year, Jeff LaBar took to Instagram to praise his son Sebastian on his birthday: 'You’re twice the guitarist I ever was'
Jeff LaBar, best known as the guitarist for the glam metal band Cinderella, died at the age of 58. He was reportedly found dead on Wednesday, July 14 inside his apartment in Nashville, Tennessee. The cause of death was not disclosed.
LaBar's death comes on the heels of the deaths of celebrities like actors Toby Kirkup, Charlie Robinson, and WWE Hall of Famer Paul Orndorff, among others. LaBar joined Cinderella in 1985, after founding guitarist Michael Schermick departed, three years after the band was founded by lead vocalist Tom Keifer in Philadelphia. He joined the Philadelphia band as they were signing to Mercury/Polygram and remained in the band through 2017.
He was a key component in the band’s 1986 debut record ‘Night Sounds’, which sold over three million copies and was certified triple platinum by 1991. The band subsequently toured with Poison, David Lee Roth, and Bon Jovi. Cinderella continued to tour in the early 2000s and in 2006, they marked the 20th anniversary of their debut album, alongside Poison. Keifer’s vocal cord issues became a problem and their planned tour in 2008 fell apart. But the band resumed touring a few years later, which included a 25th-anniversary tour in 2011, and a rock cruise in 2013. In 2017, Keifer announced that Cinderella would not reunite.
“Heavy hearts cannot begin to describe the feeling of losing our brother Jeff. The bond between us over decades of creating music and touring the world is something that we as a band uniquely shared,” Keifer, Brittingham and Fred Coury of Cinderella said in a statement. “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.”
Who are LaBar’s wife and children?
His son Sebastian confirmed the news of his death on Wednesday via a social media post. He 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! If you could, please share pictures or videos of all the fun times we all had with my dad. It would be greatly appreciated.”
Last year, LaBar took to Instagram to praise his son on his birthday. He wrote, “Happy birthday Big Daddy!!! @baz5000 3 of my fav pics from 3 decades of our life together. It’s a dream come true for a father to have his son follow in his footsteps especially when the family business is music. You’re twice the guitarist I ever was & have so much more to give. I couldn’t be prouder & I love you so much. Happy 28th & keep up the great work.”
LaBar’s first wife, Gaile LaBar-Bernhardt, told TMZ that the guitarist was found dead on Wednesday inside his apartment in Nashville. She and LaBar reportedly hosted a radio show — ‘Late Night with the LaBars’. Sebastian is his son from this marriage. It is unclear when he and Gaile divorced but LaBar married a second time — this time with Debinique LaBar.