October 3, 2022
Alec John Such, the original bassist and a founding member of Bon Jovi, has died, the band announced Sunday.

Alec John Such, the original bassist and a founding member of Bon Jovi, has died, the band announced Sunday.

Such, who performed with the Grammy Award-winning band from its inception in 1983 to 1994, was 70. The band did not provide any details on the bassist’s death, only honoring their longtime friend in a statement posted to Twitter.

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“Alec was integral to the formation of the band. To be honest, we found our way to each other through him — He was a childhood friend of Tico [Torres, the band’s drummer] and brought Richie [Sambora, the band’s guitarist] to see us perform,” the band’s statement read, going on to describe Such as “always wild and full of life.”

Such was born in Yonkers, New York, and became a major presence in the New Jersey music scene in the 1980s. Such booked Jon Bon Jovi & The Wild Ones while working as manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, according to the Associated Press.

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He eventually joined the band, which changed its name to Bon Jovi before reaching mainstream success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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