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Mike Porcaro (Toto) passed away

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Last Updated on 08:50 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

Mike Porcaro, the longtime bass player for Grammy-winning rock band Toto, died early Sunday morning at 59 following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Toto keyboardist and Porcaro’s brother Steve confirmed the news on Facebook, writing: “Our brother Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 AM last night at home surrounded by his family. Rest in peace, my brother.”

Steve Lukather (Toto guitarist) added on Twitter: “My brother Mike Porcaro is now at peace. I will miss him more than I could ever put into words. My deepest love to the family. God Bless.”

Porcaro became an official member of Toto following the departure of the band’s original bass player David Hungate around the time of Toto’s hugely successful 1982 album “Toto IV”, joining his brothers Steve and late drummer Jeff. As bassist, Porcaro appeared on such albums as “Isolation” (1984), “Fahrenheit” (1986), “Mindfields” (1998) and “Through the Looking Glass” (2002). In the mid-2000s, Porcaro stopped touring with the band due to his declining health and handed the bass reins to Leland Sklar in 2007. He was inducted alongside his band into the Musician’s Hall of Fame in 2009. Following a hiatus, Toto announced in 2010 that it would tour to raise money for Porcaro as well as awareness about ALS.

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