Jon Zazula, Metallica’s first label co-founder, dies aged 69

Metallica label co-founder Jon Zazula has died at the age of 69, according to Daily Star.

Jon’s passing comes just a year after the death of his wife Marsha, who he co-founded Megaforce Records with in the 80s, says the publication.

Marsha died last year aged 68 after a battle with cancer.

Jon’s daughter Rikki confirmed the sad news on Facebook, saying that her dad’s legacy would “live on forever”.

She wrote: “The world lost a true legend today… Our Dad lived a life as fast, hard, heavy, powerful, and impactful as the music he brought to the world. His passion and persistence fuelled the careers of arguably the most influential metal bands, and, industry greats of a generation.”

Rikki went on: “To us he was simply daddy… Our father and mother were a powerhouse partnership in love, life, and business. Together they believed in the unbelievable, their passion, rebel perspective, and persistence built an empire from a box of vinyl in a flea market – into a multi platinum selling record label, management company, and publishing house.”

“Although we are devastated he is gone, they are finally reunited,” she said.

“And it feels impossible to imagine a world without him in it.

“For all of us who knew and loved him … by the way… keep it heavy! RIP daddy you will truly be deeply missed, but, never forgotten…your LegaZ will live on forever, not only in us and your grandchildren but, in every headbanger on this planet for all of eternity!”

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