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TOTO Bassist Mike Porcaro Dies from ALS

March 16, 2015

Longtime bass player for Grammy-winning rock band TOTO, died early Sunday morning, March 15, following a battle with ALS.  Mike Porcaro, 59, was diagnosed in the mid-2000s and was forced to stop touring with the band in 2007.

"Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 a.m. last night at home surrounded by his family. Rest in peace, my brother," said Mike’s brother and keyboardist for TOTO Steve Porcaro.

Living in the Los Angeles area, Mike Porcaro received services from the Golden West Chapter.  In 2012, TOTO went on tour to raise money and ALS awareness.  The band partnered with several ALS Association chapters in cities where concerts were held.  They provided VIP tickets to chapters, which included a band meet-and-greet, and chapter staff were on hand to supply people with information about the disease.

"I will miss him more than I could ever put into words. My deepest love to the family. God Bless," added Toto guitarist Steve Lukather.

“The ALS Association extends our heartfelt sympathy to the Porcaro family,” said ALS Association President and CEO Barb Newhouse.  “We pause to recognize Mike’s passing and pledge to continue our quest to find a truly effective treatment for ALS as soon as possible.”

“We were saddened to learn the news of Mike’s passing,” said Fred Fisher, President and CEO, Golden West Chapter. “He was an incredible performer who inspired the world, first through his music, and then through his courageous battle with ALS.”
“Mike, his brother Steve, along with other members of the Porcaro family and many friends have been long-time supporters of the Los Angeles Walk to Defeat ALS,” said Fisher. “Since 2009, they have directly raised over $25,000. We are grateful to Mike for bringing so many others along with him in support of the mission of The ALS Association.”

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