Alec John Such, bassist and founding member of Bon Jovi, has passed away. He was 70.
Jon Bon Jovi announced the death of Such, the bassist for the New Jersey rock band from 1983 to 1994, on Sunday. There were no details about when or how he died.
“He was original,” Jon Bon Jovi wrote in a post on Twitter. “As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the band.”
Jon Bon Jovi, 60, credited Such for bringing the band together, noting that he was a childhood friend of drummer Tico Torres and brought guitarist and songwriter Richie Sambora along to see the band perform. He had played with Sambora in a band called The Message.
Born in Yonkers, New York, Such was a veteran of New Jersey’s thriving music scene who 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.
He left the band in 1994 and was replaced on bass by Hugh McDonald. He later rejoined the band for their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
“When Jon Bon Jovi called me many years ago and asked me to play in his band, I quickly realized how serious he was and he had a vision of where he wanted to take us,” Such said during the Hall’s introduction. of fame. “And I’m only too happy to be a part of that vision.”