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Rockers We’ve Lost in 2013: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts’ Lee Crystal

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts drummer Lee ‘Crystal’ Sackett passed away on Nov. 5 due to complications from multiple sclerosis. 

Crystal played with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts throughout their successful run in the ‘80s, appearing on the classic track ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.’ Before playing with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Crystal played with former New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and would go on to play with Crash Conference and Secret Chiefs.

When forced to give up playing drums due to his illness, Crystal’s passion for music lived on as he started teaching music classes out of his home. Sackett was the father of two sons and is survived by his wife Maura and his brother Jay.

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