Michael Hossack, drummer from classic rock band the Doobie Brothers, has died at the age of 65 from cancer. He died at home with his family by his side. He played with the band for two stints, from 1971 to 1973 and then again from 1987 to 2010.
Known as ‘Big Mike’ to his fans, he will be remembered fondly by them and his fellow bandmates. He first appeared on their Toulouse Street record, and went on to perform on two more albums, and on hits such as China Grove, Long Train Runnin, and Black Water.
Hossack served with the Navy during the Vietnam War, and after leaving in 1973, he rejoined in 1987, playing benefit concerts for Vietnam vets. He continued to tour up until 2010, when his sickness took over, but still managed to rejoin his bandmates for their first album in a decade, World Gone Crazy.