Peter Tork, bassist for the Monkees, dead at 77

Carla Harmon
February 21, 2019

Tork had been diagnosed with cystic carcinoma in 2009, a rare type of tongue cancer, but it isn't known if that was the cause (via Daily Mail).

Peter Tork's Facebook page, which is managed by his friends and family, confirmed the news and thanked all his fans for their support.

Stars of The Monkees have told of their heartbreak following the news of bandmate Peter Tork's death. "We send blessings and thoughts of comfort to you all, with much gratitude".

Tork, with Dolenz, last toured Australia in December 2016 for the band's 50th anniversary tour, what they described as The Monkees' final ever tour.

Fellow Monkee Mickey Dolenz tweeted, "There are no words right now. heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork". "It took me a while to get to grips with that but what great music it turned out to be!"

He, Micky Dolenz, David Jones and Michael Nesmith became overnight sensations when the show took off in 1966.

While the American version of The Beatles enjoyed enormous chart and box-office success from the TV show, which was created by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider and launched in 1966, the group eventually exhausted of not being taken seriously.

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Tork was a member of The Monkees until 1968 when he bought out the four remaining years on his contract to leave the band, saying he was "exhausted" by the heavy schedule.

Born Peter Thorkelson, Tork came to music through his parents, who collected folk records and bought him a guitar and banjo.

The Monkees sold millions of albums, released No. 1 hits, including "I'm a Believer", and toured the country.

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