Fox News reports that Jeff Cook, the country music star, has died at the age of 73.
Details of Cook’s passing have been provided in a press release from Absolute Publicity, Inc.
The press release states that Cook “passed away peacefully,” on November 7, “with his family and close friends by his side at his beach home in Destin, Florida.”
The press release also suggests that Cook’s cause of death is related to his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, which was made in 2012.
Who was he?
Cook is best known by the public as being the co-founder and guitarist/fiddler/vocalist for the country rock band Alabama. The band, which was formed in the 1970s, consisted of Cook and two of his cousins, Randy Owen and Tedd Genry.
Alabama achieved substantial success, as did Cook. In the 1980s, the band put out several songs that topped the country music charts, including Feels So Right, Mountain Music, and Love In The First Degree. The band, during this same period, was also named CMA Entertainer of the Year for three consecutive years from 1982 to 1985.
Cook, himself, has received numerous individual honors, including being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame, and the Fiddlers Hall of Fame. He has also received numerous awards, including the Gibson’s Guitarist of the Year.
Alabama officially stopped touring in 2004, although they would go on performing occasionally through 2018.
Countless individuals, especially in the country music world, have taken to social media to offer tributes to Cook. This includes the other two members of Alabama.
He lived to play our music we created together. He could play any instrument he chose, but his harmonies I’ll miss the most. I’m thankful we got to create music together for over 50 years! Wish we could play ‘My Home’s in Alabama’ one more time. I’m hurt in a way I can’t describe!
Closer than brothers, we lived together more than with our immediate families. Don’t think I’ve known anyone who loved playing more. Jeff, along with me and Randy, experienced the highs of undreamed success, as well as some very tough early years. None of us were perfect, but together we had something so special it will never die. No other guitar player I’ve known had the range of styles Jeff had. No one can take your place. Ever. Rest in peace till we get to jam again.
Cook is survived by Lisa, his wife of 27 years.