Fans and musicians are in mourning after a legendary American drummer and vocalist suddenly passed away. Pat Torpey, 64, died on Wednesday, February 7th.
Torpey is best-known as the founding member and drummer for “Mr. Big,” a hard rock supergroup that also included Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan, and Eric Martin. The band's most recent album, "Defying Gravity," was just released last summer, reported Billboard.
News regarding his death was not released until Thursday evening. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Torpey died following complications with Parkinson's disease, which he had been struggling with since 2014.
The band first made the heartbreaking announcement via social media on February 8th.
“With breaking hearts we tell you that our brother, friend, drummer and founding member, Pat, passed away Wednesday, February 7 from complications of Parkinson’s disease,” the band said in a statement. “Family, band and management request privacy at this very difficult time. Services are pending.”
Several fans and other musicians also took to social media to express their condolences and pay a tribute to the late drummer.
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