“We are heartbroken to hear the news that our dear friend Alec John Such has passed away. He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was an integral part of the formation of the band,” says message.
This was essential in bringing guitarist Richie Sambora and drummer Tico Torres to the band in its early days, the statement said.
“To be honest, we found our way to each other through him. He was a childhood friend of Tico and he brought Richie to see us play. Alec was always wild and full of life . Today these special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear in my eye. He will be sorely missed,” the post read.
Bon Jovi was formed in New Jersey in 1983 and had hits with songs such as “Livin’ On a Prayer” and “Wanted Dead or Alive”.
Tel parted ways with the band in 1994 and was later replaced by bassist Hugh McDonald.
The group was reunited when Bon Jovi was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. During the induction ceremony, Such spoke fondly of his time with his bandmates, saying, “(I) love them to death. I will always love them.”
“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. And I’m only too happy to have been a part of that vision,” he said in his speech.
CNN has reached out to Jon Bon Jovi’s publicist for additional information on Tel.