'Big Mike' Hossack of Doobie Brothers Dies at 65

MICHAEL HOSSACK October 17, 1946 - March 12, 2012 (Age 65) The Doobie Brothers drummer can be heard on early hits including "Listen To The Music," "China Grove" and "Blackwater."

Longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack has died at age 65. The band's manager, Bruce Cohn, said in a statement that Hossack died of cancer on Monday in his home in Dubois, Wyo.

"China Grove"

Affectionately known as "Big Mike," Hossack played with the group from 1971 to 1974 and rejoined in 1987. His drumming can be heard on early hits including "Listen To The Music," "China Grove" and "Blackwater." He stopped performing with the band two years ago while struggling with cancer.

Doobie Brothers co-founder Tom Johnston said, "Mike has always been a part of my musical life and the life of the Doobie Brothers ... He was an incredible musician."

Hossack received some unwanted attention in 2008 when a Nevada man named Michael Rogers was arrested after years of impersonating the drummer. Commenters on DoobieBrothers.net recall Rogers hanging out in bars, scamming drinks.

Hossack grew up in New Jersey and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He is survived by a son and daughter.

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