ROCK musician Alec John Such, the original bassist of the band Bon Jovi, has died at the age of 70.
The rock star’s death was announced on Sunday by the band’s lead singer, Jon Bon Jovi, who highlighted Such’s role as one of the founding members of Bon Jovi.
Few details have emerged about the circumstances surrounding the death of the New York-born musician.
“We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such,” Bon Jovi said in a social media post.
According to Bon Jovi: “It was an original.”
The singer said Tel was the one who brought the band members together.
“Today these special memories bring a smile to my face and tears to my eye,” the post said.
“He will be missed terribly.”
Tel was introduced to Jon Bon Jovi in the early 1980s while working for a concert hall in New Jersey, according to the Variety entertainment magazine.
The two musicians reportedly met after the singer performed in the ballroom as comedian Jon Bon Jovi & The Wild Ones.
The couple eventually teamed up with three other friends to form their own band, which would become the Grammy Award-winning band Bon Jovi.
Tel left the band in 1994 after they began to burn out.
“It felt like work, and I didn’t want to work,” Such said in a previous interview with Asbury Park Press, according to Variety.
“The reason I joined a band initially was because I didn’t want to work.”
In addition to his onstage work, the bassist has also worked behind the scenes and led several acts throughout his career.
Although no longer an official member of Bon Jovi, Such has made a few sporadic appearances with the group over the years.
Tel joins the band on stage for a 2018 performances in Cleveland to commemorate Bon Jovi’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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