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Former Boston Drummer Dies While Performing On Cruise (Photo)

| by Michael Howard

Drummer John Thomas "Sib" Hashian, an early member of the rock band Boston, has died at the age of 67 after collapsing on stage.

"It is with deep and profound sadness I share the news of my husband's, John 'Sib' Hashian, the drummer formerly of the band Boston, sudden death," said Hashian's wife, Suzanne, according to WCVB.

Hashian was reportedly performing on the Legends of Rock cruise and was in the middle of a set when he fell down. The drummer's son, Adam, told TMZ that attempts to revive him using CPR and a defibrillator were unsuccessful.

The cruise began off the coast of Florida on March 18 and was scheduled to stop in a number of places including Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. TMZ reports that the cruise will continue, with other musicians set to pay tribute to the fallen rock star.

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Accompanying Hashian on the cruise were fellow former Boston member Barry Goudreau, former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm, former Beach Boy David Marks and former Kansas singer John Elefante, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. The set included songs from Boston, among other classic rock tracks.

At the time he collapsed, Elefante asked fans for their prayers, but later shared an update on Facebook saying, "Sib didn't make it."

Hashian played on Boston's 1976 debut self-titled album -- which included the mega-hit "More Than A Feeling" -- as well as the band's 1978 follow-up album "Don't Look Back."

He left the group during production of 1986's "Third Stage," Boston's third release. Over the years he continued to record music with his former bandmates, playing drums on guitarist Barry Goudreau’s solo album and occasionally performing alongside bassist Fran Sheehan and singer Brad Delp.

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Although Hashian remained on good terms with his former bandmates, and performed on their new projects, he did sue band leader Tom Scholz in the 1980s. The case was settled out of court, reports Ultimate Classic Rock.

Later in life Hashian pursued a number of business ventures and dabbled in acting. At the time of his death he owned a record store and a network of tanning salons in Boston.

Hashian is survived by his wife and three children. One of his daughters, Lauren, who is also a musician, had a long-term relationship with actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The couple has a child together. Lauren previously appeared on the reality competition show "R U the Girl," and Hashian made a brief appearance on the show.

Sources: WCVB, TMZ, Ultimate Classic Rock / Photo credit: Rock Town Hall, The Wrap

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