Dennis Carl Wilson (December 4, 1944 – December 28, 1983) was an American rock and roll musician best known as a founding member and the drummer of The Beach Boys. He was a member of the group from its formation until his death in 1983. Dennis was the middle brother of fellow Beach Boys members Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson, and cousin of Mike Love.
Even after being diagnosed with lung cancer, Brian Wilson toured with the Beach Boys for their 36th annual tour in 1997. He died from complications of the disease on February 6, 1998, in Los Angeles, at the age of 51.