Howard Portnoy, the father of DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, passed away on Sunday, January 4 at the age of 68.
Commented Mike: "It's with the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow that I share the news of the passing of my best friend, my idol and my father, Howard Portnoy.
"He passed away this morning [Sunday, January 4] at 3:38 am with his loving wife Trish and myself by his side after a six-month battle with cancer.
"He was an amazing person whose lively spirit was a tremendous inspiration to me and to most people that had the pleasure to know him.
"He will be sorely missed by so many friends and family — but none more so than his wife Trish, his daughter-in-law Marlene, his grandchildren Melody and Max and yours truly.
"The spirit carries on, 'ol popz..."
You can read an interview with Howard Portnoy from Voices UK, the U.K.-based DREAM THEATER fan club, at this location.
Howard Portnoy and his son: