Original Great White Member Dies

09/30/2013
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Lorne Black, a founding member of the band Great White, died on Friday, September 27, 2013. The cause of death of the bassist has not been revealed but two of his former bandmates have paid tribute to him online.

Black joined vocalist Jack Russell, guitarist Mark Kendall and drummer Gary Holland in the band then known as Dante Fox in 1982, later that year the band changed their name to Great White.

He left the band in 1987 and appeared on three of their studio albums; their self-titled debut in 1984, "Shot in the Dark" in 1986 and "Once Bitten" in 1987, which included the band's first hit single "Rock Me" that received heavy rotation on MTV and hit No. 60 on the charts.

Russell published a statement on Saturday about the death of his former bandmate. He wrote, "It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the passing of Lorne Black yesterday (September 27th)! Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. Lorne was a huge part of the first incarnation of Great White! May he rest in peace."

Kendall posted an online message as well. He said, "I saw [Lorne's] cousin Robert a few months ago and we were in touch. Robert told me Lorne wasn't too good then.

"I lost Robert's number when I changed phones, which bums me out. He used to work for us," he wrote. "I loved Lorne and I am truly sad to get this news. I know he has battle demons for along time and I am so sad to hear of his passing. RIP, my friend..."

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