The Monkees’ Peter Tork Dies At 77

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Peter Tork, guitarist of 1960s superstar group The Monkees, has died. He was 77.

A representative for the band confirmed the news to Variety.

A cause of death has not been confirmed, although Tork was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer ten years ago.

Tork seemed to bounce back from his health issues, playing Monkees reunion shows as recently as 2016. He also recorded his last solo album, “Relax Your Mind”, last year.

An official statement has been released to Peter Tork’s Facebook page:

Tork was the first member to leave the Monkees in 1968, and the band broke up in 1970. The band joined forces again for reunion tours in 1986 with all original members except Michael Nesmith.

The Monkees’ television show, launched in 1966, was a massive success for the group and reintroduced them to new audiences thanks to reruns on MTV.

Fellow member Davy Jones died in 2012.

Rest in peace, Peter.

(Image credit: Amysmith1981 [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

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