Michael Hossack, drummer for the Doobie Brothers has died at the age of 65, Rolling Stone reports today (March 13, 2012). Hossack had been battling cancer for some time, according to the report and died at home in Dubois, Wyoming, with his family by his side.
Michael Hossack played drums with the Doobie Brothers between 1971 and 1973 and was responsible for the drumming on some of the band's biggest hits, such as 'Jesus Is Just Alright,' 'Listen to the Music' and 'China Grove.' Doobie Brothers were renowned for having two drummers in their line-up. He later returned to the band when they reunited in 1987. He stayed with the group throughout their reunion period and toured with the group regularly, before he was forced to take a leave of absence for health reasons in 2010. In January 2012, Doobie Brothers released a statement to their fans, saying that he was slowly improving. Hossack himself then wrote a message to his fans, explaining that he had found it hard being unable to continue touring with Doobie Brothers but that he had "incredible support" from his family and friends, as well as his fellow band members.