R.I.P. Descendents Guitarist/Co-Founder Frank Navetta

R.I.P. Descendents Guitarist/Co-Founder Frank Navetta
The Descendents shared the sad news over Halloween weekend that founding member Frank Navetta has passed away. Navetta, who founded the seminal punk rock band with Tony Lombardo and Bill Stevenson in 1979, served as their guitarist for six years, working on such classic Descendents material as the Milo Goes to College LP and Bonus Fat. He died on October 31.

His band-mates had this to say via the Descendents’ website:

"We're very sorry to announce that founding member of the Descendents, and close friend Frank Navetta passed away on October 31, 2008, after becoming ill over the course of a few days. This is obviously a huge loss for the Descendents family. His contribution to the band, and to music in general can not be overstated. Frank will be truly missed. We will share information about memorial services when we find out.”

Navetta left the Descendents in 1985 to become a full-time fisherman and was eventually replaced by Stephen Egerton.

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