Peter Tork, the bassist for 1960s rock favourite The Monkees, has died aged 77. Tork’s death was announced on his official Facebook page on Thursday.
“It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world,” the post read.
A cause of death was not named, but Tork wrote about being diagnosed with tongue cancer for the Washington Post in 2009.
It went on: “We want to thank each and every one of you for your love, dedication and support of our ‘boss.’ Having you in our world has meant so very much to all of us. Please know that Peter was extremely appreciative of you, his Torkees, and one of his deepest joys was to be out in front of you, playing his music, and seeing you enjoy what he had to share. We send blessings and thoughts of comfort to you all, with much gratitude
Tork played bass and keyboard for the popular band known for hits like ‘Daydream Believer’ and ‘I’m a Believer.’ The Monkees were brought together for an American TV series in 1966, but their songs resonated beyond the show. The show ran for just two series but that was enough to win an Emmy Award.
While most people remember the band for their catchy tunes, charming good looks and domination of the music world in the ’60s, the show gave fans a glimpse as to how The Monkees made a name for themselves. It was also developed in response to the insane popularity of The Beatles and in many ways, created an American version of one of the UK’s most successful boybands.
Bandmate Micky Dolenz led the tributes, writing: “There are no words right now…heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork.”
Meanwhile, American musician Brian Wilson added: “I’m sad to hear about Peter Tork passing. I thought The Monkees were great and Peter will be missed. Love & mercy to Peter’s family, friends and fans.”