Tork's sister, Anne Thorkelson, confirmed the sad news on Thursday in a statement expressing the family's devastation at his death aged 77. It comes after American hitmaker was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of cancer affecting the head and neck, in 2009.
Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones in 1966. After briefly attending Carleton College in Minnesota, Tork moved to New York City's Greenwich Village, where he became friends with Stephen Stills.
Peter Tork, a musician and actor best known as the bassist for the Monkees, has died. "We ask for your kindness and understanding in allowing us to grieve this huge loss privately".
"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". They were originally constructed as a band for The Monkees TV series in 1965, which only ran for two seasons but spawned hit songs, a movie, and even a comic book series.
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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.
Tork's character was sort of the "Ringo" of the group, Variety reported.
While the Monkees enjoyed enormous chart and box-office success in the wake of the television show, which launched in 1966 and was created by producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, the group grew tired of not being taken seriously.
Tork sang lead on some of the band's tracks including Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again.