Michael Hossack, drummer with the Doobie Brothers, 65

Jim Cooper/associated press/file 2000

Mr. Hossack (right) with Doobies John McFee, Tom Johnston, Keith Knudsen, and Pat Simmons.

SONOMA, Calif. — Longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack has died. He was 65.

The band’s manager, Bruce Cohn, said Mr. Hossack died of cancer Monday in his home in Dubois, Wyo.


Mr. Hossack played with the group from 1971 to 1973 and rejoined in 1987. His drumming can be heard on early hits, including “Listen To The Music,’’ “China Grove,’’ and “Black Water.’’ He stopped performing with the band two years ago while struggling with cancer.

Tom Johnston, cofounder of the Doobie Brothers, said: “Mike has always been a part of my musical life and the life of the Doobie Brothers. . . . He was an incredible musician.’’

Mr. Hossack grew up in New Jersey and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He leaves a son and daughter.

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