‘You will be missed’: Cleveland community remembers music legend Michael Stanley

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — A Cleveland music legend has died.

Michael Stanley is leaving a giant hole in the hearts of many Cleveland fans after passing away Friday night at the age of 72.

Plenty of area fans took to social media Saturday following the news of the musician and DJ’s passing, offering up words of hope, solace and remembrance.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame released the following statement to FOX 8 regarding Stanley’s passing:

Cleveland native son Michael Stanley was our city’s most beloved musician, songwriter and rocker. His heartland music resonated with legions of listeners, and his concerts set attendance records and took on mythic proportions. Even more importantly, Michael’s songs spoke to our hearts. As fans we adored and revered him, and in return he loved us right back. The energy of his music and its ability to bring people together helped to make Cleveland the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, and it galvanized the community to rally together and make our city the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. We will miss Michael dearly.

FOX 8’s own also remembered him:

Football great Bernie Kosar also weighed in:

Cleveland born and bred chef Michael Symon had this to say:

Hiram College recalled the time Stanley performed on its campus:

The Cleveland Indians remembered the music legend, too:

Stanley’s family released the following statement to radio station 98.5 WNCX:

The Contemporary Youth Orchestra said its members are deeply saddened to learn of Stanley’s passing. Three months ago he joined the orchestra for a distanced recording collaboration on his classic song “Another New Year’s Eve.”

“Our hearts go out to Michael’s family and his dear friend, CYO Board Member Barry Gabel at this difficult time,” Kimberly Deichler, CYO Executive Director said in a press release, “It was such a privilege for our students and staff to work with him; he was a consummate professional who generously donated his time and talent to us. His sharing of himself and his artistry will live on through this recording.”

Those interested in listening to the collaboration can do so, here.

MGM Northfield Park released the following statement with FOX 8:

MGM Northfield Park expresses heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of beloved Cleveland musician and radio personality, Michael Stanley. For over fifty years, Michael Stanley’s music has resonated in the hearts of many and has been fundamental in establishing Cleveland as the Rock & Roll Capital of the World. Through several sold-out concerts and public appearances, Michael Stanley became a cherished member of the MGM Northfield Park family, and we mourn his passing with all Northeast Ohioans and fans of Rock & Roll across the world.

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