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Michael Hossack of The Doobies (1946-2012)

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Michael Hossack (Photo: Spinner.com)

Michael Hossack (Photo: Spinner.com)

Wow. We just found out the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Doobie Brothers[/lastfm] are coming to Celebrity Theatre in May. And now, some bad news casts a shadow over that concert. Longtime drummer Michael Hossack died yesterday. The 65 year-old passed at his home in Dubois, Wyoming, according to the band’s website. His family was by his side.

[photogallerylink id=10040 align=left]You may remember that Hossack had battled cancer in recent years. The message on the website said, “Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones. We will miss him greatly.”

Hossack, a veteran of the Vietnam war who was honorably discharged, joined The Doobie Brothers in 1971. The Doobies were one of the few bands at the time with two drummers (John Hartman was the other). Even though he left the band from 1974-1987, Hossack played on many of their biggest hits.

In 2010, shortly after he took his leave, he posted a message to fans on the band’s official website, saying, “It’s been hard not touring with the band but I have incredible support from my family, the Doobie Brothers, and all my friends out there. I can’t thank you enough for everything. All my best wishes to you all, and thanks for thinking of me.”

We’ll miss you, Michael! Let’s re-live some memories with Mr. Hossack here in the blog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOTr_4Zs_Us

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