Bon Jovi: Rock band announces death of founding member and bassist Alec John Such
Alec John Such, the original bassist and a founding member of US rock behemoths Bon Jovi, has died at the age of 70.
The mullti-million-selling New Jersey band announced the death of Such on Sunday evening (June 5).
He was Bon Jovi’s bassist from 1983 to 1994.
No details on when or how Such died were available.
In a post on Twitter, Bon Jovi wrote: “He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the band.”
Bon Jovi 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 to see the band perform.
Such had played in a band called the Message with Sambora.
New York-born 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 through the group’s heyday in the 1980s.
Such left the band in 1994, when he was replaced by bassist Hugh McDonald.
He joined the band for its induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
“When Jon Bon Jovi called me up and asked me to be in his band many years ago, I soon realised how serious he was and he had a vision that he wanted to bring us to,” said Such at the Hall of Fame induction.
“And I am only too happy to have been a part of that vision.”