Alec John Such, former Bon Jovi bassist and founding member, dies

Alec John Such, the bassist and founding member of the iconic rock band Bon Jovi is dead.

The group announced Sunday the death of Such, the New Jersey band’s bassist from 1983 to 1994.

No details were immediately available on when or how Such died.

In this June 19, 2004 photo, Alec John Such sits for a portrait inside his second-story bathtub. (AP)

A publicist for singer-songwriter Jon Bon Jovi did not immediately respond to messages.

“He was an original,” Bon Jovi wrote in a post on Twitter. “As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was an integral part of the formation of the band.”

Bon Jovi credited Such with bringing the band together, noting that he was a childhood friend of drummer Tico Torres and brought guitarist/songwriter Richie Sambora to see the band play.

Tales had played with Sambora in a band called Message.

Born in Yonkers, New York, Such was a veteran figure in the thriving New Jersey music scene that helped spawn Bon Jovi.

As manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, Such booked Jon Bon Jovi & The Wild Ones before joining the singer-songwriter’s band.

He played with Bon Jovi during the group’s heyday in the 1980s.

Tal left the band in 1994, when he was replaced by bassist Hugh McDonald.

He later rejoined the band for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

“When Jon Bon Jovi called me and asked me to be in his band many years ago, I soon realized how serious he was and had a vision he wanted to lead us to.” Said Such at the induction into the Hall of Fame.

“And I’m very happy to have been a part of that vision.”

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