Bon Jovi’s original bassist, Alec John Such, died at the age of 70 this weekend.
The band’s official Twitter account announced his death on Sunday, but did not reveal the cause. “We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such,” the group tweeted. “He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the band.
— Bon Jovi (@BonJovi) June 5, 2022
“To be honest, we found our way to each other thru him — He was a childhood friend of Tico [Torres] and brought Richie [Sambora] to see us perform,” the message coninted. “Alec was always wild and full of life. Today these special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. We will miss him dearly.”
Such served as the group’s bassist for their first five albums, including 1986’s “Slippery When Wet,” which produced smash hits “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “Wanted Dead Or Alive,” and “You Give Love A Bad Name.” He left the group in 1994, citing burn out, but was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the band in 2018.
“When Jon Bon Jovi called me up and asked me to be in his band many years ago, I soon realized how serious he was and he had a vision that he wanted to bring us to,” he said during his induction speech. “And I am only too happy to have been a part of that vision.”
His former bandmates memorialized him on social media after the announcement. “RIP my soul brother…. It was an honor and pleasure to share the stage and to share life with you,” wrote keyboardist David Bryan.
“Alec, you will be missed,” posted John Bon Jovi, who shared a video montage of Such in a separate tweet.
— Jon Bon Jovi (@jonbonjovi) June 5, 2022