Canadian Hall of Famer’s career spanned 40 years.

Canadian guitarist Domenic Troiano died last night (May 25) at his home in Toronto after a long fight with cancer. He was 59.

Born in Mondugno, Italy, Troiano was a force in Canadian music for 40 years. He came to prominence with Toronto-based Robbie Lane and the Disciples which backed up Arkansas rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins in the early '60s.

He later performed as guitarist with the Five Rogues, the Mandala, Bush, the James Gang (replacing Joe Walsh) and the Guess Who, as well as his own Domenic Troiano Band. He also handled music supervision for films and TV in the past two decades, including the CBS series "Night Heat," "Diamonds" and" Hot Shots" among many others.

In demand for session work in Toronto and Los Angeles in the '80s, Troiano appeared on recordings by Steely Dan, Diana Ross, Joe Cocker and David Clayton-Thomas. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996.