Sad news to share this Thursday, as Peter Tork of the Monkees has passed away at the age of 77. The following message was posted on his official Facebook page:
And the message in non-Facebook format:
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. As we have mentioned in the past, the PTFB team is made up of Peter’s friends, family and colleagues – we ask for your kindness and understanding in allowing us to grieve this huge loss privately. This page will remain open for your use in sharing your thoughts with your fellow fans and hopefully helping you through your own grieving journey, however the team will not be available for some time as we start to mend our own hearts and calm our minds.
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. We send blessings and thoughts of comfort to you all, with much gratitude ~ptfb team
Tork’s family later shared a longer message on Facebook:
— Micky Dolenz (@TheMickyDolenz1) February 21, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/NquzjTmtFx
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) February 21, 2019
“It is with broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher & amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world.”
Peter Tork, American musician & actor, best known as the keyboardist & bass guitarist of the Monkees has died. He was 77 pic.twitter.com/scBdtVHq3C
— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) February 21, 2019
In 2016, Peter Tork spoke with Rock Cellar at length about the Monkees, the group’s legacy and much more — click here to read that as our tribute to him, and may he rest in peace.