The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:06PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:40PM EDT
TORONTO – Skip Prokop, co-founder and drummer with the Canadian rock band Lighthouse, has died. He was 74.
Band manager Brenda Hoffert, wife of Lighthouse co-founder Paul Hoffert, says Prokop died Wednesday in a St. Thomas, Ont., hospital.
She says Prokop had been living with a heart condition and was ill for some time.
Prokop had been unable to perform with the Juno Award-winning band since 2014 so his son, Jamie, had stepped in to take his place.
Founded in 1968, Lighthouse was distinguished for its fusion of rock and jazz, with infectious tracks like “You Girl,” “One Fine Morning” and “Sunny Days.
Lighthouse won Junos for group of the year in 1974, vocal instrumental group of the year in 1973, and outstanding performance of the year in 1972.
Prokop is survived by his wife Tracey, son Jamie, and daughters Shannon and Cassandra.