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Published: 2002/08/20

Michael Housers Family Addresses Fans

The family of Widespread Panic guitarist Michael Houser has issued a statement, which was posted to the bands official website. Houser passed away on August 10.

We want to thank all of Mikey’s fans and friends for their love and support during this difficult time. Your letters, emails, and acts of kindness and thoughtfulness have helped us through a time that seemed almost impossible to endure. It gave strength and happiness to Michael to know how much he was loved. We know you grieve also and our hearts go out to you.
So many of you have said that you were touched by his kindness, sensitivity, and humility. Michael was always aware that it was you, the fans, who allowed him to do what he loved. He was deeply grateful for having the opportunity to make people happy with his music, and for being a part of Widespread Panic. He continued playing after discovering his illness because music was his life and being on stage during the spring and summer tours was the most normal thing he could have done with the rest of his life.
Michael would be absolutely devastated if the band did not continue as Widespread Panic. He, and all of them, have worked for 20 years to make it what it is today. They have a history, a legacy, and a loyal fan following that will stick with them through this transition.
We wish the best for the entire Widespread Panic family – the band, the music and the fans – and look forward to great shows for many more years. As Mikey would say, ‘We hope to see you there.’

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