Pat Torpey, Mr. Big Drummer and Founding Member, Dies at 64

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Pat Torpey

Torpey was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2014, yet still played with Mr. Big as a background vocalist and percussionist.

Pat Torpey, drummer and founding member of rock band Mr. Big, died Wednesday due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 64.

The band shared the news on Twitter, asking for privacy and noting that services have yet to be scheduled. “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 post reads.

Torpey was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2014, yet still played with Mr. Big as a background vocalist and percussionist.

The drummer first caught the attention of guitarist Paul Gilbert and bassist Billy Sheehan while touring with Tina Turner, Belinda Carlisle and The Knack. The artists were looking to form a group with singer Eric Martin. Mr. Big’s self-titled debut record was released in 1989 and their second record, 1991’s Lean Into It, hit No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Although the group split in 2002, they reunited in 2009 and have released three albums since. Mr. Big’s most recent album, Defying Gravity, was released last July.  

This story first appeared on Billboard.com.