A assertion issued by the rocker’s household reveals that the 63-calendar year-outdated passed absent on Might 2 night surrounded by his spouse and children and closest good friends at his property in Rochester.
Rocker Phil Naro has lost his battle with tongue most cancers. The 63-calendar year-old Talas and The Platinum Rock All Stars singer handed away on Sunday evening, May well 2, according to a loved ones assertion on Monday.
“It is with wonderful sadness that we ought to announce the passing of our son, father, friend and musician Phillip Sampognaro, identified skillfully as Phil Naro,” it reads.
“Phil fought a valiant struggle towards cancer more than the final couple years but left this earth past night surrounded by his family members and closest good friends. A citizen of each the United States and Canada, he died at his dwelling in Rochester. Funeral preparations and tributes will be declared shortly. He is survived by sons James and John brother Joseph and his mother, Maria, who he cherished dearly.”
Naro had just accomplished his debut album with “Lips Turn Blue” and a reunion album with Billy Sheehan and Talas right before his death.
“The good news is, Phil still left us with an amazing volume of recorded tunes, which will make it possible for his artistic legacy to stay on forever,” the loved ones assertion carries on.
Naro discovered his most cancers experienced returned, 6 years just after a tumor was taken out from his neck, in a recent iHeartRadio.ca interview.
He and bassist Sheehan reunited to record a new Talas album previous year (2020).
Naro fronted Talas in the 1980s and also labored on numerous projects with previous KISS star Peter Criss, The Rascals founder Gene Cornish and Canadian singer Lee Aaron.
Sheehan has compensated his respects to his late friend and bandmate, calling Phil “one particular of the very best human beings I have at any time identified.”
“I’m deeply saddened to report his passing. He fought a valiant struggle until the close, and motivated all who understood him to remain positive and preserve likely from all odds,” he wrote. “A pricey mate, breathtaking singer and performer, songwriter, and guide singer in the ‘version 2’ TALAS… Phil fought like a champion and brilliantly executed and finished vocals for the [reunion] album, in spite of shouldering the information that he was in a severe wellbeing predicament.”
“On behalf of myself and all who ended up blessed more than enough to know him, I would like him peace for all eternity, and thank him for sharing his lifestyle, really like, friendship and talent with the environment. God bless you, Phil. Rest in peace pricey pal. We will meet once more. My deepest condolences to his wonderful spouse and children, his pricey sweet Mother, and his two sons.”