American musician Tommy DeVito has passed away at the age of 92, a close friend confirmed. Alfredo Nittoli shared the news on Facebook on Tuesday and revealed that DeVito died at home in Las Vegas on Monday.
“My dear friend Tommy passed away in Las Vegas at 9:45 last night,” Nittoli wrote. “With deep regret I am writing this sitting in his living room, I was informed by his daughter Darcel there will be a service in New Jersey.”
According to NJ.com, DeVito died as a result of complications relating to Covid-19, having recently contracted the virus.
DeVito was one of the founding members of the band, along with Frankie Valli, Nick Massi and Bob Gaudio. The Four Seasons enjoyed huge success in the 1960s and ’70s with hit records such as ‘Sherry’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’ and ‘Candy Girl’.
DeVito was born and raised in New Jersey, which is where he met Frankie Valli. The duo formed band The Four Lovers in 1956, and the band later evolved into The Four Seasons. DeVito was the guitarist and baritone.
Valli, now 86, and Gaudio shared a tribute to their former bandmate on Twitter. They said: “It is with great sadness that we report that Tommy DeVito, a founding member of The Four Seasons, has passed. We send our love to his family during this most difficult time. He will be missed by all who loved him.”
While Valli’s brother Bobby also shared a tribute, describing DeVito as a “music legend” and an “original Jersey Boy. “You were loved and will be missed,” he said.
Many fans of the band paid tribute to DeVito on social media after the news broke, sharing their fond memories of The Four Seasons and their “beautiful music”.
“So sorry for your loss,” one wrote. “May he RIP, his spirit will live on through song. Love the story of The Four Seasons and the beautiful music you all made together over the years that spanned generations. It’s music I cherish sharing with my Dad, seeing Tommy’s story through.”
Another commented: “I’m so sorry for your loss. Wishing peace, love and strength to his family and friends.” While another said: “Oh no, so sorry. There goes a legend and a piece of my heart. Think of the good times and memories!”
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