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Toto bassist Mike Porcaro dies

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Mike Porcaro, Toto’s longtime bassist, has died after battling ALS for multiple years. He was 59.

Porcaro replaced David Hungate as the band’s bassist in the early 1980s, when Hungate quit so he could spend more time with family. Porcaro went on to play with Toto until his health prevented him from touring beginning in 2007, but was still included as a member of the band when Toto was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2009.

Mike’s older brother Jeff, who died in 1992, formed Toto in 1977 and their brother Steve soon joined as a keyboardist. 

Steve delivered the news about Mike’s death on his Facebook page Sunday: “Our brother Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 AM last night at home surrounded by his family,” he wrote. “Rest in peace, my brother.”