Pat Torpe, Pat Torpey, the longtime drummer for rock supergroup Mr. Big, died on Wednesday. He was 64.
Mr. Big released a statement on its Twitter account on Thursday, confirming the news of Torpey's death due to complications from Parkinson's disease.
"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 statement read. "Family, band and management request privacy at this very difficult time. Services are pending."
I was blessed to interview Pat on stage in December for the Nashville Drummer's Jam. What a first class man. The show featured many of Nashville's finest drummers playing along with an all-star cast of musicians, the Mister Big songs we all know and love. Pat even cam out and played on one of the songs.
Mr. Big was formed in 1988 by bassist Billy Sheehan, who recruited Eric Martin and Paul Gilbert along with Torpey.
The group went on to write such hits as "Alive and Kicking," Just Take My Heart," and "To Be With You," which went to no. 1 in fifteen countries.
The band's bass player, Billy Sheehan, who also attended the tribute in Nashville retweeted, That Metal Show Eddie Trunk's tweet, which read, "RIP Pat Torpey @mrbigmusic . Pat was a talented musician and super nice guy. Got to spend some time with him in recent years. Very sad. Condolences to his band members, family and fans."
Music Starts Here sends prayers to friends and family of Pat Torpe. Thank You Nashville Drummers jam for letting us be part of the night in December 2017 as some of the greatest drummers saluted Pat Torpe.