"I knew him for 50 years," an emotional Seger told Billboard. "He was a great kid. I always kind of thought of him as my baby brother, a little bit. He was f---ing brilliant. He was a joy to be around. I always looked forward to seeing him. It was always memorable. He had an amazing sense of humor and was just smart, whip-smart."
The two Detroit natives met during the 1960s when they were both working the local music scene.