Sunday, September 12, 2004

Larry Hass Collapses At Elvis Explosion In La Crosse, WI

Larry Hass had just belted out the ballad "Just Pretend" — his wife's favorite Elvis Presley song.

When the music stopped, a pause before his next number, Hass walked back to the band. He needed a break, he told them, and set the microphone down. Then Hass collapsed on the La Crosse Center stage.

As he was rushed to a local hospital, more than 30 Elvis impersonators, crew members and his family decided that regardless of the outcome, Friday night's Elvis Explosion would continue...

Hass died at a local hospital about 9:15 p.m. at the age of 54.

"He had a God-given voice and shared with with less fortunate people. He wanted to give back to everyone who had helped him and singing was one way he knew he could," his wife, Lisa, said.

LINK from the La Crosse Tribune

A visitation will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley, Wis. Friends may also gather Tuesday after 7 p.m. at Lumberman's Bar and Grill, 129 Clinton St., La Crosse. Private burial will take place at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in Chaseburg, Wis.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and good night!

LINK from his obituary


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