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From Vintage Vinyl News site http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2018/02/passings-pat-torpey-of-mr-big-1954-2018.html :

 PAT TORPEY, FOUNDING MEMBER OF MR.BIG, DIES AT 64 

Drummer and founding member of MR. BIG, Pat Torpey, passed away Wednesday, February 7 at the age of 64 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Family, band and management request privacy at this very difficult time. Services are pending.

Torpey was born in Cleveland, OH and started playing drums at the age of seven. In high school, he played in every ensemble he could and, after graduating, moved to Los Angeles. There, he played on American Bandstand and Solid Gold before he became the drummer for John Parr and, later, Belinda Carlisle and the Knack.
It was while with the Knack that he met Billy Sheehan and Paul Gilbert who were looking for a drummer for their new band. While prepping their first album, he was asked to play with Robert Plant on his Now and Zen tour and did double duty for the length of the tour.
Mr. Big released their self-titled debut in 1989, reaching number 46 but it was album number two, Lean Into It, that really established them due to the number 1 single "To Be With You". The followup, "Just Take My Heart", went to 16 and "Wild World", a cover of the Cat Stevens song from the band's third album, Bump Ahead, went to 27, but that was the last time they reached the top forty.
While still with Mr. Big, Torpey recorded two solo albums that mainly saw release Japan and Asia, Odd Man Out (1998) and Y2K (1999). In 2002, the band broke up and Pat struck out on his own, working with a long list of artists including Paul Gilbert, Niacin, Richie Kotzen, Johnny Hiland and a return to The Knack for their album Normal as the Next Guy (2001).
Pat announced his Parkinson's Disease diagnosis on July 25, 2014 and pulled out of the band's upcoming tour.  He continued working with the band as "drum producer" and a percussionist but gave up his full drum duties to Matt Starr.
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Holy shit, that seemed to happen so quick. I only heard about the Parkinson's very recently, and it claims his life so soon. Very, very sad. He leaves behind some great tunes, and may he rest in peace. R.I.P, Pat Torpey. 

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