Dave Hlubek, the founding member of the Jacksonville, Fla. rock band, Molly Hatchet, has died 66. The announcement was made via the band’s Facebook page, this past Labor Day.
“It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of our beloved friend and band member Dave Hlubek. Dave was one of the founding lead guitarists of Molly Hatchet. 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,” said fellow lead guitarist Bobby Ingram.
It was later revealed, via a Facebook post from longtime pals with the ’70s rock group, Foghat, that Hlubek died of a heart attack.
“Wow. We just heard that our friend Dave Hlubek, lead guitar and one of the founding members of Molly Hatchet has passed away of a heart attack. Our love and thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans. Rest in Peace Dave.”
Zhora Van Zant, the wife of the late Jimmie Van Zant, also went on social media to share her condolences for the late lead guitarist.
“My Heart is broken yet again! Dave Hlubek Was a true friend to My late Husband Jimmie and myself!!!!! We shared a lot of time together and memories… I will miss you, my sweet friend, please give Jimmie one of you big hugs,” Van Zant said on Facebook.
Hlubeck came up with the name Molly Hatchet, in 1971, based on the tale of “Hatchet” Molly, also known as the “south’s most infamous prostitute.” According to lore, she was beheading confederate soldiers for their participation in the Civil War.
In 1979, Molly Hatchet broke it big with their hit single, “Flirtin’ With Disaster.” He would later leave the band in 1987 due to his addiction to drugs. He was later invited to rejoin the group in 2005, playing backup on the band’s eleventh studio album, Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge, and would continue to tour with the band over the years.
Earlier this year, Molly Hatchet bassist Banner Thomas died of complications of pneumonia, at 63, on April 10, 2017.