Pat Torpey, the drummer and founding member of Mr. Large, died Wednesday on account of issues from Parkinson’s illness.
He was 64.
“With breaking hearts we inform you that our brother, pal, drummer and founding member, Pat, handed away Wednesday, February 7 from issues of Parkinson’s illness,” the group stated in a press release.
“Household, band and administration request privateness at this very troublesome time. Companies are pending.”
Torpey labored on “American Bandstand” and “Stable Gold” earlier than touring with Tina Turner, Belinda Carlisle and the Knack.
Mr. Large was shaped in 1988 with Torpey, Billy Sheehan, Eric Martin and Paul Gilbert.
Their self-titled debut album was launched in 1989 after a dlay whereas Torpey toured with Robert Plant, however it was their sophomore album, “Lean Into It,” that introduced the group into mainstream success, together with No. 1 single “To Be With You.”
Mr. Large broke up after their 2001 tour, then reunited in 2009 for 3 extra albums.
Torpey was identified with Parkinson’s in 2014.
“So saddened to be taught of the passing of my pal and former band mate Pat Torpey. We spent years touring the world, making music, household vacation gatherings, and even transformed a home collectively,” Richie Kotzen, who was with the band from 1999 to 2002, wrote on Instagram.
“Pat’s humorousness, wit, and smile lit up any room the second he walked in. I’m grateful and grateful to have had you as an extremely vital pal and affect in my life. You can be missed past phrases. With love and tears…Relaxation In Peace my pal.”