Original Bon Jovi Bassist Alec John Such Dies Aged 70

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Alec John Such the original bassist of Bon Jovi, has died aged 70.

Such joined Bon Jovi in 1983, before leaving the group in 1994. He worked on the band’s first five albums. This included their self titled debut album, ‘7800º Fahrenheit’, ‘Slippery When Wet’, ‘New Jersey’, and ‘Keep The Faith’.

Such co founded the band alongside the likes of Dave Bryan, Tico Torres, Richard Sambora and of course Jon Bon Jovi. He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.

Before joining Bon Jovi, Such had worked with drummer Tico Torres with Phantom’s Opera. He also worked with Sambora in a band called Message.

“He was an original”

His band Bon Jovi, who confirmed the news in a statement.

“We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such”, the band said in a statement.

“He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the band. 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 band also added, “Alec was always wild and full of life. Today those special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. We’ll miss him dearly”. 

Such Tributes Paid

After news of Such’s death was confirmed, tributes had been paid to the late Bon Jovi co founder.

“Rest easy brother Alec John Such”, wrote Mathew Bongiovi, Jon Bon Jovi’s brother.

Hailing him as his “soul brother”, Bon Jovi’s Dave Bryan also added, “It was an honor and pleasure to share the stage and to share life with you”. 

Last month, Justin Hawkins had his say on the vocal struggles of frontman Jon Bon Jovi. More on this here.