Ang igalang ang pribadong pagluluksa ng pamilya niya ang hiling ng singer na si Katrina Velarde sa opisyal na pahayag na inilabas nito tungkol sa pagpanaw ng kanyang American husband na si Mike Shapiro.
Binawian ng buhay si Mike noong Linggo, November 14, 2021. Siya ay 57 taong gulang.
Nakasaad sa official statement ni Katrina: “It is with deep regret that I wish to announce the passing of my husband, musician and educator Mike Shapiro last November 14 in Quezon City, at the age of 57.
“Mike was a drummer, percussionist and music producer who recorded and toured extensively with Sergio Mendes and other music stars like Natalie Cole, Al Jarreau, Flora Purim, will.i.am and others.
“He was also a close associate of Herb Alpert with whom he worked for many years until the time of his death. He taught at the LA Academy of Music where he was also Vice President, Director of Education and Dean of Students. He was also a professor at the Herb Alpert School of Music.
“Prayers for the repose of his soul are most appreciated and I would like to request for privacy during this difficult time. Thank you.”
Ikinagulat ng mga kaibigan at tagahanga nina Katrina at Mike ang balita tungkol sa pagkamatay ng talented musician dahil kakasal pa lamang nila noong May 2021 sa Tagaytay City.
Bumuhos din ang pakikiramay sa social media mula sa mga kaibigan ni Mike na naninirahan sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo.
Huling nasilayan si Mike ng entertainment press noong July 1, 2021 sa virtual presscon ng "Sa Panaginip," ang bagong single ni Katrina sa Viva Records.
Ikinagulat ng entertainment writers ang hindi inaasahan at pambihirang pagkakataong pagsali ni Mike sa presscon para sa kanyang asawa.
Ikinuwento ni Mike na pinili nitong manirahan nang permanente sa Pilipinas dahil sa sobrang pagmamahal niya, hindi lamang para kay Katrina kundi para sa ating bansa.
Pahayag niya, “I love it here, I love the culture. I love the people. I’ve always been very comfortable here.
“I know how Kat feels about living in the States, and I know that it will be a major sacrifice for her.
"I’ve been in Los Angeles for a long time so it was a welcome change. I have a lot of friends here."
Bukod sa malaking impluwensiya ni Mike sa singing career ni Katrina, siya rin ang producer ng mga kanta ng misis niya.
Sabi ni Mike, “We have a very similar vision of what music is and why we do it.
"It’s not just commodity, it’s not just to make money.We do it because it’s what we love and it’s what we put it here for you."