NEW YORK (AP) — Alec John Such, bassist and founding member of iconic rock band Bon Jovi, has died. He was 70 years old.
The band announced Sunday the death of Such, the New Jersey band’s bassist from 1983 to 1994. No details on when or how Such died were immediately available. A publicist for singer-songwriter Jon Bon Jovi did not immediately respond to the messages.
“It was an original” Bon Jovi wrote in a post on Twitter. “As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the group.”
Bon Jovi credited Such with bringing the band together, noting that he was a childhood friend of drummer Tico Torres and brought guitarist and songwriter Richie Sambora to see the band play. Tel had played with Sambora in a band called Message.
The Yonkers, born in New York, Such was a veteran of the thriving New Jersey music scene that helped birth Bon Jovi. As the manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, Such booked Jon Bon Jovi & The Wild Ones before joining the singer-songwriter’s band. He played with Bon Jovi during the band’s heyday in the 1980s.
Tel left the band in 1994, when he was replaced by bassist Hugh McDonald. He then joined the band for their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
“When Jon Bon Jovi called me and asked me to join his band many years ago, I quickly realized how serious he was and he had a vision he wanted to take us to.” , Such said during the Hall of Fame induction.. “And I’m only too happy to have been a part of that vision.”