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Bob Seger says he "never met a better guy" than his late attorney

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Bob Seger says he and his family were "devastated" to learn about the death on Sunday of Mike Novak, his longtime attorney and one of the leading figures in the Detroit entertainment scene.

Seger, who's between rehearsals for his upcoming concert tour, had flown to Florida to visit his older brother and learned about Novak, 57, had passed away at home in Grosse Pointe Shores after suffering a heart attack following a workout. He spoke with one of Novak's brothers on Monday and immediately put in motion plans to attend memorials -- including putting a planned weekend recording session in Nashville on alert for possible cancellation.

"Right now Mike's the most important thing," Seger explained.

Seger said Novak was "one of my best friends" and likened him to "a little brother" since he started met Novak during the early 80s, when a newly licensed Novak went to work for Seger's attorney T. Patrick Freydl. The two quickly hit it off, Seger recalled.

"You never met a better guy -- at least I didn't," he said. "I've met a lot of people, but I've never met anybody better or nicer or kinder or more enthusiastic or more upbeat. Mike was always bright, always found the positive, was always looking to be positive, never had a negative word to say. He was just a good all-around guy, a joy to be around."

Seger says Novak would spend "an hour, an hour and a half every other day" in his manager's Birmingham office. He and Novak also bonded on the golf course, where the two played "a gazillion rounds" together.

"He was one of my favorite people to play golf with," Seger noted. "Every golf course I belonged to, Mike turned me onto. He always liked the way I studied golf equipment; he'd say, 'If you want an equipment answer, ask Seger,' and I'd say, 'If you want to know about a course, ask Novak.'

"So this is going to be hard to take. He was a great guy."

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