Michael Houser 1962 – 2002
The music community continues to mourn the loss of Widespread Panic guitarist Michael Houser, who died Saturday. Houser had been battling a terminal form of cancer and hadn’t performed since July 2. Widespread Panic has posted the following statement on its website:
In this very sad time, we encourage you to gather with your Panic families in your hometown and celebrate Michael Houser’s life on Monday, August 12th. As a living memorial to Michael and his love of music, the family requests that contributions be made to The Michael Houser Music Fund. Mike, his wife Barbette, and his son Waker have all been deeply involved with Athens Academy and through this fund the school will be able to provide children with the opportunities to discover the richness and wonder of music that so enriched Michael’s own life. Memorials may be sent to: The Michael Houser Music Fund; Athens Academy; PO Box 6548; Athens, GA 30604.
Our hearts are with you as we know that your thoughts and prayers are with us.’