Michael Hossack, drummer with the Doobie Brothers, has died after a two year battle with cancer.
He joined the band in 1971, playing alongside founding drummer John Hartman and creating the band’s trademark ‘dual drummer’ sound. He contributed to the band’s breakthrough albums in the early ‘70s: Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, and What Were Once Vices are Now Habits.
After a stint away from the band he rejoined in 1987 and had been performing with them until a decline in health in 2010.
The Doobie Brothers’ website has posted this statement:
We’re posting this to confirm the sad news that’s been circulating very quickly. Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack passed away yesterday in Dubois, Wyoming, at the age of 65. His family was by his side. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones. We will miss him greatly.
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