Bon Jovi founding member Alec John Such dies

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Founding member of American rock band Bon Jovi, Alec John Such, has died.

Announcing the news on Twitter, the band paid tribute to the former bass player, describing him as an “original”.

"We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such,” read the band’s 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 through him - He was a childhood friend of Tico and brought Richie to see us perform.

"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."

No details were provided of how or when Such, 70, died, but he was one of the band’s founding members, appearing on their debut album Bon Jovi in 1984.


After a decade with the rock band, during which they released some of their biggest hits (including You Give Love A Bad Name and Livin’ On A Prayer), Such departed in 1994 and was replaced by bassist Hugh McDonald.

In 2000, Such told Astbury Park Press why he left the band, citing his age as a factor.

“The record company used to lie about my age. I was 31 when I joined. I was a good 10 years older than the rest of the band. My sister eventually got really mad because the papers would describe her as my older sister when really she was younger.”

“When I was 43, I started to get burned out. It felt like work and I didn’t want to work. The reason I got into a band to begin with is because I didn’t want to work. I made my money during the era of ‘He who dies with the most toys wins’. That’s how the ’80s were. But you grow out of that, you really do.”

Despite leaving, he did later attend Bon Jovi’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Since they started, the band has sold over 130 million records around the world, and is now one of the best-selling American rock bands of all time.