Bon Jovi founding member, Alec John Such, was found dead at age 70. Authorties did not disclose a cause of death.
Such was the bassist and founding member of Bon Jovi. He was the rock band’s bassist from 1983 to 1994.
Bon Jovi formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. It also included singer Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh McDonald.
Such quit the band in 1994. The band is widely credited for helping “bridge the gap between heavy metal and pop with style and ease”.
The band confirmed his passing on Twitter with a statement.
“We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such,” Bon Jovi posted.
“He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the band.”
“To be honest, we found our way to each other thru him — He was a childhood friend of Tico [Torres] and brought Richie [Sambora] to see us perform.”
“Alec was always wild and full of life. Today these special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye.’
“We will miss him dearly,” the statement concluded.
Alec, you will be missed pic.twitter.com/ilfTeYyQhR
— Bon Jovi (@BonJovi) June 5, 2022
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The band also shared a video tribute, featuring a live performance of their 1988 song “Blood On Blood,” cut with photos and footage from over the years of Such with his bandmates, including singer Jon Bon Jovi and keyboardist David Bryan.
“Now to my bandmates, we had so many great times together and I just love them to death, always will,” Such said in one throwback clip, adding in another: “The Bon Jovi band is definitely a family.”
Born Nov. 14, 1951, in Yonkers, New York, Such was tapped by Bon Jovi, 60, and Bryan, 60, to form the band in 1983. He later quit in 1994 and was replaced by Hugh McDonald.
Such and Sambora reunited with the band in Feb. 2018, when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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