Pat Torpey Mourned by Fellow Musicians

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When news spread that drummer and founding member of Mr. Big, Pat Torpey, died Wednesday (Feb. 7), many among the rock drumming fraternity, and other musicians, took to social media to pay tribute to one of their own.

Torpey was just 64. We’ve picked a handful that we felt were particularly meaningful. First, of course, was the announcement tweeted by his bandmates.

From Carmine Appice, via Facebook:

I am very sad to hear an old friend Pat Torpey pass away today. He was always so healthy . Until Parkinson Disease hit him . He was Killer drummer. Nice guy and a really good looking guy .
RIP my friend.

From Deen Castronovo, drummer for Journey, Bad English, and others:

 

From Graham Bonnet, formerly of Rainbow and the Michael Schenker Group:

From Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater:

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