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    Who Was Jeff Cook? How Did He Die?

    Jeff Cook passed away at the age of 73. The co-founder of Alabama and a Country Music Hall of Fame Member, Cook had a long, successful, and illustrious career. His demise has shocked all his fans and music lovers from across the globe who are pouring their condolences.

    To perfectly mourn this loss, we need to know the inside out of Cook’s work and how it touched upon so many lives. So let’s find out in detail about who he was, what kind of musician he was, and what led to his tragic death.

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    Who Was Jeff Cook?

    Jeff Cook
    Jeff Cook

    Born Jeffrey Alan Cook on August 27, 1949, in Fort Payne, Alabama, he was of English and Native American descent. He co-founded the band Wildcountry, along with his cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry, in 1972.

    Its name was changed to Alabama later in 1977. He served as the lead as well as backing vocals, lead guitar, keyboard, and fiddle to the band. In 2004, however, the band ceased active production and performance.

    He later formed the group Cook & Glenn and the Allstar Goodtime Band. Apart from these, he also founded Cook Sound Studios, Inc., and radio station WQRX-AM, which he later sold.

    Because of his successful musical career, Cook was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019.

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    How Did He Die?

    Jeff Cook
    Jeff Cook

    On Monday, November 7, Cook passed away at the age of 73 at his home in Destin, Florida. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012 and revealed it to the public in 2017.

    Jeff Cook, and all of the guys in Alabama, were so generous with wisdom and fun when I got to tour with them as a young artist,” said Kenny Chesney on his death.

    He continued, “But maybe even more, they showed a kid in a T-shirt that country music could be rock, could be real, could be someone who looked like me. Growing up in East Tennessee, that gave me the heart to chase this dream.”

    Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, said: “Jeff Cook spent a lifetime in music, earning a license as a broadcast engineer before he was old enough to drive a car and working as an on-air radio personality while still in high school.”

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