It is with deep heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Michael Botts on December 9th 2005, of colon cancer at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.
Mike Botts, 61, was best-known as the drummer for the 1970s rock band Bread.
Mike, who also recorded and toured with Linda Ronstadt, Dan Fogelberg, Eddie Money, Tina Turner
and others, grew up in Sacramento and began playing the drums in high school. He joined Bread in time
to make the group's second album, "On the Waters."
Well, on the morning of December 16th 2005, I woke up and as usual, got online to check and clear my emails.
Looking through my inbox at a glance I see an email from "Mike Botts". I was ecstatic because I haven't heard from him in
a few months.
Clicking on it, I see that this particular email was from his website's mailing list. I see a photo of him sitting behind his drums (photo above) with a little note to the right of his photo. I was expecting to read that he had released a new solo album but as I read the note, it started with,
"It is with deep heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing...."
I thought, "oh gosh. Someone dear to Mike had passed away."
The last thought that even crossed my mind was that Mike had passed away. I read on
and read the note another time.
It read: "It is with deep heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Michael Botts on December 9th 2005, of colon cancer."
Took me a while before it finally struck me that Mike had passed away. Tears starting filling up my eyes. I was in shocked. I stared at my computer screen and the email for a good long while.
How can he have died? He never mentioned he was ill. It was only 8 months ago that he emailed to me. How?
At that point, Mike's sudden death shattered my world. It didn't make any sense. Life isn't fair and bad things seem to happen to good people. His sudden death sure left me shaken, unsure
Why am I grieving over a celebrity? Well, he wasn't just a famous person to me. He was a friend
who have taught me the true meaning of life.
I feel a profound sense of loss right now. I can't possibly imagine how his wife Michelle is feeling? Mike always spoke highly of Michelle. She was the light of his life. And now that he's gone, I pray that God
will give Michelle the strength to carry on.
It's weird but I am filled with anxiety, confusion, depression and disbelief. I sure an in denial about Mike's death. I feel heaviness in my chest and I feel the need to tell and retell
stories about Mike.
I know once I am over the shock, that memories of Mike will always comfort me. Memories will keep him close to me in spirit and thought and always in my heart, today and forever.
I spent all day listening to Mike's CD which is titled "Adults Only". I remember the day it was released, I was there to support him and bought 10 copies! Kept one copy for myself and gave
the rest to family and friends. I own 2 copies of that CD now, one of which I will treasure forever and
that is the one Mike sent me with his autograph!
Nevertheless, what I want to do most of all now is, I want to remember Mike's family today especially his wife Michelle, with sincere sympathy in their loss. Although words seem to say so
little, I hope they help in some small way to ease the sense of loss that you're experiencing today. Hold
fast to your memories, to all of the cherished moments of the past, to the blessings and the laughter,
the joys and the celebrations, the sorrow and the tears. They all add up to a treasure of fond yesterdays
that you shared and spent together, and they will keep Mike close to you in spirit and thought. The special
moments and memories in your life will never change. They will always be in your heart, today and forevermore.
I am sending you my deepest sympathy.