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Legendary Lighthouse drummer Skip Prokop dies at 73

Caroline Szwed

Skip Prokop, drummer of Canadian rock band Lighthouse, died on Wednesday morning in London, Ont., with his family by his side.

Not only was Prokop a drummer and vocalist in the award-winning act, but he was also its co-founder in 1968. Lighthouse quickly became a rock 'n' roll fixture on Canadian airwaves. The band won Juno Awards for best Canadian group of the year in 1972, 1973 and 1974.

Lighthouse is best remembered for the track "One Fine Morning," a jazz-fuelled number that became an instant Canadian and international hit. It peaked at No. 2 on the Canadian singles chart and No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In 2014, Prokop resigned from the band due to health issues, leaving his son Jamie to replace him as Lighthouse's drummer.

On a Facebook group dedicated to Lighthouse, fans took time to remember Prokop's impact on Canadian rock 'n' roll and his legacy.

"Passing on condolences to Skip's family and Lighthouse," wrote Elizabeth Ertel. "Such a sad day for all of us Canadians. Skip will not be here to see Lighthouse get into Canada's Walk of Fame, but he will be smiling when you do! Rock on Skip!"

Prokop is survived by his wife Tracey, son Jamie, and daughters Shannon and Cassandra.