The Monkees Star Peter Tork Dead at 77

Peter Tork, the oldest original member of The Monkees, has died at the age of 77-years-old.

The news was announced by Tork’s family, who said, “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.”

It’s unclear exactly how the musician died, but in 2009 he publicly revealed he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma.

Mickey Dolenz tweeted after news of Tork’s passing broke, saying, “There are no words right now…heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork.”

Tork mainly played bass and keyboard for The Monkees, but he also sang lead vocals on multiple tracks.

In 1966, Tork became the oldest member of The Monkees, which started as a fictitious band meant for a TV sitcom. He joined Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Davy Jones. Even though the TV show ended in 1968, the band continued performing for years after.

Tork is the second OG member of the group to pass away, after Jones died in 2012 from a heart attack.

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson shared a message about Tork, saying, “I’m sad to hear about Peter Tork passing. I thought The Monkees were great and Peter will be missed.”