Peter Tork of The Monkees Dies at 77

Via Peter Tork, the wisecracking bass player for The Monkees, has died at the age of 77. His death was confirmed by his sister Anne Thorkelson, who did not say where or how he died. He was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer affecting his tongue, in 2009.

His Facebook page posted, "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."

Peter was the Ringo of The Monkees, lovable and goofy. At age 24, he was also the band’s oldest member when “The Monkees” premiered on NBC in 1966. Not that it mattered: “The emotional age of all of us,” he told the New York Times that year, “is 13.” The show only lasted two years, but at one point The Monkees were outselling The Beatles. They also started touring, playing to sold-out stadium crowds and backed by artists like Jimi Hendrix. But as Peter began to think The Monkees could be a great group of rockers, he began to clash with bandmates who saw the Monkees as more of a novelty act.

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