September 4, 2017 – Founder of Molly Hatchet, guitarist Dave Hlubek has died at the age of 66. Molly Hatchet released a statement on their facebook page confirming his death saying “Dave was one of the founding lead guitarists of Molly Hatchet. Amongst his many contributions to southern rock is “Flirtin’ with Disaster.” Our condolences and our prayers go out to his family during this time of loss. He will be missed but never forgotten, as the music lives on through his legacy in Molly Hatchet.” No details or cause of his death were provided at this time, but various reports suggest he had a heart attack.
Molly Hatchet had a several European, U.S. and Japanese tour dates coming along later this year. No information is yet available if those will be canceled.