ALABAMA members Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry release statements on the death of Jeff Cook

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – ALABAMA’s Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry released statements Thursday, remembering their “friend, cousin and teammate” Jeff Cook, who died earlier this week.

ALABAMA co-founder and guitarist Cook died Monday, Nov. 7, at his beach house in Destin, Florida. He was 73 years old. Cook had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease ten years ago.

He lived to play our music that we created together.

He could play any instrument he wanted, but I will miss his harmonies the most. I am grateful that we have been able to create music together for over 50 years! I wish I could play “My Home’s in Alabama” one more time.

I’m hurt in a way I can’t describe! To Lisa, thank you for loving him and being there for him all the way. Play, Jeff. I love you!

Randy Owen

The trio played music together for more than 50 years, selling over 80 million albums and scoring 43 No. 1 hits. The group was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019.

Closer than brothers, we lived more together than with our relatives. I don’t think I’ve known anyone who loved acting more.

Jeff, along with me and Randy, had the heights of unsuspected success, as well as some very difficult early years. None of us were perfect, but together we had something so special that it will never die.

No other guitarist I know had the range of styles that Jeff had. No one can take your place. Already. Rest in peace until we can play again.

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Cook is survived by his wife of 27 years, Lisa Cook, his mother, Betty Cook, his brother David Cook, his father-in-law Jerrial Williams, his brother-in-law Randy Williams, numerous nieces and nephews, and well-loved dogs. loved Blazer and Blakely.

Arrangements for Cook’s “Celebration of Life” service will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Jeff & Lisa Cook Foundation.


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