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Original Van Halen bassist Mark Stone dies

Original Van Halen bassist Mark Stone has died.

Stone joined Van Halen brothers Eddie (vocals/guitar) and Alex (drums) in 1972 to form the precursor to Van Halen – Genesis. 

His brother Brad Stone broke the news with a brief post on social media.

“My beloved brother Mark passed this morning.”

Mark Stone left the band in 1974.

The band later changed its name to Mammoth when they discovered the name Genesis was already being used. 

In 1974, Mammoth officially changed its name to Van Halen.

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