A assertion issued by the rocker’s family members reveals that the 63-year-outdated passed absent on May well 2 evening surrounded by his household and closest buddies at his residence in Rochester.
Rocker Phil Naro has dropped his fight with tongue most cancers. The 63-12 months-outdated Talas and The Platinum Rock All Stars singer passed away on Sunday night time, Could 2, according to a relatives assertion on Monday.
“It is with great disappointment that we ought to announce the passing of our son, father, close friend and musician Phillip Sampognaro, recognised skillfully as Phil Naro,” it reads.
“Phil fought a valiant battle versus cancer in excess of the last several a long time but remaining this earth very last evening surrounded by his family and closest friends. A citizen of each the United States and Canada, he died at his household in Rochester. Funeral arrangements and tributes will be announced shortly. He is survived by sons James and John brother Joseph and his mom, Maria, who he loved dearly.”
Naro experienced just done his debut album with “Lips Flip Blue” and a reunion album with Billy Sheehan and Talas in advance of his death.
“Thankfully, Phil still left us with an incredible volume of recorded audio, which will permit his inventive legacy to are living on eternally,” the household assertion continues.
Naro exposed his cancer had returned, 6 several years just after a tumor was taken out from his neck, in a recent iHeartRadio.ca interview.
He and bassist Sheehan reunited to file a new Talas album past 12 months (2020).
Naro fronted Talas in the 1980s and also worked on multiple projects with previous KISS star Peter Criss, The Rascals founder Gene Cornish and Canadian singer Lee Aaron.
Sheehan has paid his respects to his late pal and bandmate, calling Phil “a person of the very best human beings I have at any time recognised.”
“I am deeply saddened to report his passing. He fought a valiant fight till the stop, and influenced all who knew him to remain optimistic and keep going from all odds,” he wrote. “A expensive friend, stunning singer and performer, songwriter, and guide singer in the ‘version 2’ TALAS… Phil fought like a winner and brilliantly done and finished vocals for the [reunion] album, in spite of shouldering the awareness that he was in a significant well being problem.”
“On behalf of myself and all who were being fortunate adequate to know him, I desire him peace for all eternity, and thank him for sharing his everyday living, like, friendship and talent with the environment. God bless you, Phil. Rest in peace pricey friend. We will meet up with yet again. My deepest condolences to his fantastic household, his expensive sweet Mom, and his two sons.”