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Bon Jovi band 'heartbroken' as it announces death of founding member

The band announced the death of Alec John Such (bass player), a founding member of Bon Jovi.

Former bandmates of his said that they were “heartbroken” by the news of his passing and praised him for being “integral” in the formation of the band.

The band shared the news via Twitter on Saturday evening, but didn’t give any details about Mr. Such, 70, or how and when he died.

In a statement, they said: “We are heartbroken by the news of Alec John Such’s passing.

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He was an original. Alec, a founding member Bon Jovi was instrumental in the formation of the group.

“We found our way together through him, to be honest. He was a childhood friend to Tico and brought Richie along to see us perform.

“Alec was wild and full of life.

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“Today, those special memories bring me a smile and a tear to the eye.

“We will miss him very much.”

Mr. Such was one the founding members of the New Jersey-based rock band. He appeared on the album Bon Jovi’s debut album in 1984.

They reached the Top 40 with “Runaway”, their first single, and then achieved huge success with “Slippery when Wet”, their third album that sold over 20 million copies.

It included three Top 10 singles, including the rock classic “Livin’ on a Prayer”.

In 1994, such a member of the band left and was replaced by Hugh McDonald.

Later, he rejoined the band to help with its induction into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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