Monkees bassist Peter Tork dies at 77 after being diagnosed with rare tongue cancer 10 years ago

The Monkees bassist and singer Peter Tork died Thursday at the age of 77, his sister Anne Thorkelson has confirmed. Tork’s sibling did not clarify the suspected cause of his death, but in 2009 the musician was diagnosed with a rare cancer that affected his tongue. ‘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,’ a post on his official Facebook page read. He celebrated his 77th birthday last Wednesday and is survived by his fourth wife Pam Tork as well as children Ivan Joseph Iannoli, Hallie Luia Tork and Erica Marie Tork. The social media post from his ‘friends, family and colleagues’ continued: ‘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.’ Bandmate Micky Dolenz posted on Twitter: ‘There are no words right now…heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork.’ He and Mike Nesmith’s The Mike & Micky Show is currently touring the US until March 16. Australia and New Zealand dates are scheduled for June. Nesmith posted on Facebook: ‘Just got the news that Peter died. I am heartbroken. -Nez.’

Was very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing.  I grew up watching the Monkees show..  “hey hey, we’re the Monkees!’   Thanks for the fun memories and tunes, Peter.   R.I.P.

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