Was drummer for Doobie Brothers

Longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack died of cancer on Monday in his home in Dubois, Wyo. He was 65.

Hossack played with the group from 1971-73 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.

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

Hossack grew up in New Jersey and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. After leaving the Doobie Brothers in 1973, Hossack played with two other bands — Bonaroo and DFK — and was a partner at a Southern California recording studio.

He is survived by a son and daughter.

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