Jeff Cook, 73, a co-founder of Alabama, passes away.

Jeff Cook, a guitarist who co-founded the wildly popular country band

Alabama and helped them reach the top of the charts with songs like 

"Song of the South" and "Dixieland Delight," has passed away. 

He was 73. Cook revealed his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in 2017

 He passed away on Tuesday, November 8, at his home in Destin, Florida,

according to Don Murry Grubbs, a member of the band.

Charlie Daniels tweeted that "Heaven received another guitar/fiddle player today

 while Travis Tritt described Cook as "a fantastic person 

and one heckuva bass fisherman," among other tributes.