Bon Jovi founding member Alec John Such dies at 70 – Reuters

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Bon Jovi co-founder dies

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Alec John Such, founding member of Bon Jovi, has died aged 70.

News of the legendary rock band’s former bassist passing was confirmed by the band’s frontman Jon Bon Jovi on Sunday.

The 60-year-old music legend tweeted: “Alec was an integral part of the formation of the band.

“To be honest, we found our way to each other thanks to him…Today, those special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear in my eye.

“He will be greatly missed.”

Alec was a childhood friend of drummer Tico Torres, 68, and was also instrumental in Richie Sambora, 62, joining their guitarist as he brought him to one of their shows.

Alec and Tico were both band members of Phantom’s Opera, while the late musician was also in Message with former Jovi member Richie.

Before joining the “Bad Medicine” rockers, Alec worked as the manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, and booked Jon Bongiovi and The Wild Ones.

His tenure with the band ‘Runaway’ began when they formed in 1983 before quitting in 1994.

Alec would reunite with the band in 2001 and again in 2018, for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He was replaced by Hugh John McDonald.

Alec remarked at the induction ceremony, “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 that he wanted to lead us to.

“And I’m only too happy to have been a part of that vision.”

The New Yorker became a figurehead of the New Jersey music scene as part of Bon Jovi.

The “You Give Love a Bad Name” hitmakers still perform to this day, with Jovi, Tico and Hugh joined by David Bryan on keyboards and Phil X on guitars and talk box.

Alec’s cause or location of death is not known at this time.

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