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Peter Tork of The Monkees dies at 77

February 21, 2019 - 1:13 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Peter Tork, the lovable singer and bassist of the Monkees who played with the group since the 1960s, has died, his representatives said Thursday morning. He was 77.

"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," read a post on Tork's official Facbook page.

The post continues "We want to thank each and every one of you for your love, dedication and support of our 'boss.' Having you in our world has meant so very much to all of us. Please know that Peter was extremely appreciative of you, his Torkees, and one of his deepest joys was to be out in front of you, playing his music, and seeing you enjoy what he had to share."

Speaking with the Washington Post, Tork’s sister Anne Thorkelson did not specify a cause of death, although he had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer a decade ago.

Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys also took to Twitter to express his condolensces, writing, "I’m sad to hear about Peter Tork passing. I thought The Monkees were great and Peter will be missed. Love & mercy to Peter’s family, friends and fans."