Former Golden Bear Nightclub Owner Richard Babiracki Dies At 56

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Geniune music fan and former owner of the Golden Bear nightclub in Huntington Beach, CA, has died at the age of 56 of respiratory failure.

Babiracki ran the famous rock, folk, blues, country and comedy venue with his brother Charles from 1974 to 1986. The club presented hundreds of performances by entertainers such as Jimmy Buffett, Jerry Garcia, B.B. King, Steve Martin, Dave Mason, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Waits, Robin Williams, Neil Young, and Van Halen.

Babiracki had been in declining health for the last few months. He is survived by his wife, Cathie, and brother, Charles.

A family friend told the Los Angeles Times that a tribute concert to be held in the next few weeks is in the works. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers