Tragedy struck the community today as local legend David Zychek passed away this afternoon after battling colon cancer.

Zychek, a prolific guitarist and studio engineer, was very much loved by everyone who crossed his path. He shared the stage with numerous musicians for almost 40 years. Dave was born in Biloxi, Mississippi September 17. He passed at the age of 64.

“Those that can help, do,” he said. “And David’s such a good guy," said renowned rocker Ted Nugent who shared the stage and recording studio with him. Nugent, who is friends with David, headlined for a benefit on behalf of Zychek earlier in December.

Since his passing, friends near and far have flooded his Facebook page with photos, memories and prayers for the departed musician.

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His fans adored him like his family and close friends did.

In lieu of flowers the family requested donations to providencehospital.org at 6700 Sanger Ave. 100% of donations will go directly to David's children. To make online donations, visit Zychekbenefit.com.