Pat Torpey, a founding member of the American rock band Mr. Big, passed away Wednesday due to complications resulting from Parkinson's disease.
Torpey’s fellow band member Billy Sheehan confirmed the news via a Facebook post.
“Pat was one of the finest human beings I've ever had the privilege of knowing, and the honor of working with. All of us in Mr Big had nothing but the highest respect and admiration for him,” he wrote.
“He is loved by anyone and everyone who ever met him. And surely one of the finest rock drummers the world has ever known,” he added.
Sheehan then asked all their supporters to keep Torpey's wife and son in their prayers through this difficult time.
Ending his post, Sheehan wrote: “I Love You, Pat. You made the world a better place. We will miss you. We will never forget you. Rest In Peace, my brother.”
Torpey’s family, band and management are requesting for privacy as of the moment.
Mr. Big is known for hits such as “To Be With You”, “Just Take My Heart” and “Green-Tinted Sixties Mind”.
The band performed in the Philippines numerous times. The last time they were in Manila was in October 2017.