Rocco Prestia Facing Health Issues, Needs Kidney Transplant

Rocco PrestiaRocco Prestia is facing serious health issues again, according to reports shared on Tower of Power’s website and Facebook page. The bassist, who is famed for his unique 16th note finger-style funk playing, is in need of a kidney transplant.

“As you know, our beloved Rocco Prestia has been a part of Tower of Power since the beginning,” the band shared on its website. “He is the legendary bassist that has inspired countless musicians. His music has touched the lives of many, and will continue to do so. Everyone, he needs our help. Rocco is currently battling some health issues that require the immediate attention and concern of others. Rocco is in need of a kidney transplant, and it is crucial that a donor is found quickly.”

Tower of Power asks that if you or someone you know is interested in being tested to possibly become a donor to email them at [email protected].

Our thoughts are with Rocco.

Photo: Tony Harding

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  1. I’ve been working as a paramedic for many years, dialysis is NOT a cool way to live (3 times a week, 4 hours each, blood pressure going down wich can cause heart complications, you can’t drink even water or eat as you would normally, etc…), private hospitals are full of short-term patients for dialysis, and it costs a bunch of money! hope he will find a donor soon….

  2. Sad news, let’s hope he can find a donor and overcome this. He’s such a great bass player and musician, and he belongs in studios and stages, not a hospital.

  3. Damn I’m really sorry to hear this. I got to see him play just a few years ago and he is everything he is made out to be.. a really fantastic musician and more, please help if you can.

  4. Wow, what a shame, horrid news… Hope a donor is found quickly. Rocco is the man.

  5. as I am “one man down” sort of speak, don’t have an extra one to donate. But hope that one is found soon! Healthy vibes to Rocco!

  6. funny every body says save m nobody says here is my kidney dude accept for mimi moyer i will give it think alright .. first have 2 way pros and cons ok..