Mike Porcaro, Bassist for Toto, Dies at 59

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Toto band members Steve Lukather, Mike Porcaro, David Paich and Jeff Porcaro in 1992

He played on their most successful album, 'Toto IV,' which featured the hit singles "Africa" and "Rosanna."

Mike Porcaro, longtime bassist for the stadium rockers Toto, died on Sunday morning after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), according to Rolling Stone. He was 59.

His brother, Steve Porcaro, the keyboardist of the band, confirmed the death on Facebook today:


Toto guitarist/singer Steve Lukather also nodded to Porcaro's passing on Twitter:

Porcaro, the son of the jazz percussionist Joe Porcaro, joined the Grammy-winning rockers Toto in 1982 after playing cello on their most successful album, Toto IV, which featured the hit singles "Africa" and "Rosanna." He appeared on many more Toto albums, including Isolation and The Seventh One, before he retired from the band in 2007 due to complications from ALS.

Toto is set to tour Europe this spring in support of their new album, Toto XIV.

This story first appeared on Billboard.com.