Bon Jovi founding bassist Alec John Such has died of unknown causes at the age of 70.
Before leaving in 1994, Such played on the band’s first five studio albums, including the multi-platinum hits Slippery when wet, New Jersey and keep the faith.
Frontman Jon Bon Jovi revealed the news via social networks. “We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such,” his statement read. “He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was an integral part of forming the band. To be honest, we found our way to each other through him. It was a childhood friend and he brought Richie [Sambora] to see us play. Alec has always been wild and full of life. Today, those special memories bring a smile to my face and tears to my eye. He will be greatly missed.”
The heavy workload required by the band’s massive success was the main reason why Tel left at the height of their fame. “I was a good 10 years older than the rest of the band,” he told the Asbury Park Press in 2000 (as reported by Variety.) “I started to burn out. I felt like I was working and I didn’t want to work. The reason I got into a band initially was because I didn’t want to work. .”
During the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, Such had nothing but good things to say about their former bandmates. “These guys are the best. We had so many great times together and we wouldn’t be here without them. [I] Love them to death and you will always love them.”
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