Molly Hatchet and Phil McCormack’s family issue statements about singer’s passing
About a day after the world found out that Molly Hatchet‘s lead vocalist Phil McCormack passed away, Molly Hatchet as well as the McCormack family have issued statements about the singer’s death. McCormack died on April 26, 2019 after reportedly suffering a heart attack. He replaced classic line-up singer Danny Joe Brown in Molly Hatchet back in 1995.
The following message was posted on Molly Hatchet‘s Facebook page yesterday:
“It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of our friend and band member, Phil McCormack. Our condolences and prayers go out to his family during this time of loss. Phil‘s contributions to Molly Hatchet were heard around the world. He will be missed but never forgotten.”
The McCormack family also shared the following statement that was posted about an hour ago on Molly Hatchet‘s Facebook page:
“(April 28, 2019), XENIA, OHIO –
The McCormack family wishes to share the news of Phil’s death with the Molly Hatchet family.
Phil has been a member of Molly Hatchet for more than 20 years, having performed in exotic locations such as Dubai, Munich, Sturgis, Okinawa, as well as smaller stages. Wherever he performed he gave his all.
Phil loved his audiences and they loved him. Molly Hatchet fans know how much time Phil spent with them before and after each show. He loved meeting people and sharing time with them.
Being on stage was where Phil felt at home. He connected with his audiences, fully tuned into the moment he was sharing with them. He was living his dream, a dream he never took for granted.
Phil was amazed at how many loyal fans he saw year after year. That meant a lot to him. You meant a lot to him.
Beyond the stage he was a multi-layered person—free spirit, high octane social presence, nonstop jokester, kind person who made time for others, self-destructive tendencies but a generous spirit…he was an open book. What you see is what you get.
He left us too soon, but his legacy lives on in his music, his friends, his fans and the friends he didn’t get the chance to meet.
As Phil’s siblings, we have loved the journey we’ve shared as a family. Seeing Phil live his dream has been a blessing for us. We already feel the loss and will miss him every day.
We also thank the Molly Hatchet family—the band members, the crew and especially the fans—for being such a big part of his life. You brought so much joy to Phil. Words cannot express our appreciation.
Life goes on. Phil’s legacy goes on as well through his music, his loved ones, the moments he shared and thee friends that he made.