Jon Zazula (Megaforce Records) has died at 69

Music industry executive Jon Zazula (AKA Jonny Z) – co-founder of Megaforce Records – has sadly died at the age of 69. Megaforce Records’ social page broke the news today, February 1st, with the following message:

The world of rock and metal would not be what it is today without Jon Zazula.
Jon’s love of music and musicians was unwavering. A giant was lost today.
Rest In Peace Jon.

Jon along with his wife and Megaforce Records co-founder Marsha Zazula (who passed away January 2021) were not only credited in helping kick start Metallica’s career, but also in assisting to launch the east coast thrash metal scene in the early ’80s.

Metal artists who have released music through Megaforce Records since Jon and Martha founded the label in 1982 include Anthrax, Mercyful Fate, Ministry, Overkill, Testament, S.O.D., Vio-lence, and many more.

RIP, Jonny. See a few tributes below.

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