Mike Portnoy, the former drummer of Dream Theater and the current member of Sons Of Apollo, has commemorated The Beatles legend, John Lennon, and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell with a photo he posts every year on December 8.

The phenomenal drummer has recently taken Instagram with a heartbreaking statement, recalling two great losses of the music industry, John Lennon, whom he calls his hero, and a great friend of him, Dimebag Darrell.

In the caption of his annual post, Portnoy said that he shares the same collage of Lennon and Darrell to remember the two amazing people that were taken from us all way too soon on the same day in different years.

As you all know, The Beatles founder, John Lennon, passed away at the age of 40 on December 8, 1980. The legend was shot by Mark David Chapman twice in the back and twice in the shoulder. Though Lennon was rushed to the emergency room of Roosevelt Hospital, he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Dimebag Darrell, best known as the co-founder and guitarist of the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan, was murdered by a lunatic fan on December 8, 2004, during his performance with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio.

Thousands of fans, including the great metal musicians as Eddie Van Halen, Zakk Wylde, Corey Taylor, Jerry Cantrell, and Dino Cazares, attended Darrell’s public memorial. Dimebag Darrell, who passed away at the age of 38, was buried alongside his mother, Carolyn.

Here’s what Mike Portnoy said in his latest Instagram post:

I post this photo every December 8th to remember the two amazing people that were taken from us all way too soon on this day. (40 years ago & 16 years ago) One was my hero and one was a friend. Miss them both dearly.😥”

You can see the post below.