Mr. Big Drummer Pat Torpey Dead At 64

The rock musician has passed away.

People reports that Pat Torpey, the drummer for supergroup Mr. Big, died on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, following a battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 64 years old.

Mr. Big confirmed the sad news on Twitter on Feb. 8, writing, "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 tweet continued, "Family, band and management request privacy at this very difficult time. Services are pending."

Mr. Big made a name for themselves in the late '80s with hit songs like "Alive and Kickin'," "Just Take My Heart," and "To Be With You." Their last album, Defying Gravity, was released in 2017.

Poison guitarist Richie Kotzen, who joined Mr. Big for a few years, expressed his grief on social media, following the news of Torpey's death. "So saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and former band mate Pat Torpey. We spent years touring the world, making music, family holiday gatherings, and even remodeled a house together," he wrote, alongside an old photo of the group. "Pat's sense of humor, wit, and smile lit up any room the moment he walked in. I am grateful and thankful to have had you as an incredibly important friend and influence in my life."

He added, "You will be missed beyond words. With love and tears... Rest In Peace my friend."

Our thoughts are with Torpey's loved ones during this difficult time.