DREAM THEATER Drummer Loses Father To Cancer

January 5, 2009

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:

(Thanks: NJthrasher)

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