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Alec John Such, founding member of Bon Jovi, dead at 70

NEW YORK — Alec John Such, the bassist and a founding member of Bon Jovi, has died. He was 70.

Jon Bon Jovi on Sunday introduced the dying of John Such, the New Jersey rock band’s bassist from 1983 to 1994. No particulars on when or how John Such died have been instantly obtainable. A publicist for Bon Jovi didn’t instantly reply to messages.

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

Bon Jovi credited John Such for bringing the band collectively, noting that he was a childhood buddy of drummer Tico Torres and introduced guitarist and songwriter Richie Sambora to see the band carry out. John Such had performed in a band referred to as the Message with Sambora.

The Yonkers, New York-born John Such was a veteran determine within the thriving New Jersey music scene that helped spawn Bon Jovi. As supervisor of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, John Such booked Jon Bon Jovi & The Wild Ones earlier than becoming a member of the singer-songwriter’s band. He performed with Bon Jovi by way of the group’s heyday within the ’80s.

John Such (proper) performed in Bon Jovi from 1983 to 1994.
Picture by Ke.Mazur/WireImage

John Such departed the band in 1994, when he was changed by bassist Hugh McDonald. He later rejoined the band for its induction into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame in 2018.

“When Jon Bon Jovi referred to as me up and requested me to be in his band a few years in the past, I quickly realized how severe he was and he had a imaginative and prescient that he wished to carry us to,” said John Such at the Hall of Fame induction. “And I’m solely too pleased to have been part of that imaginative and prescient.”

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