What happened to Alec John Such? Bon Jovi bassist dead at 70

No official cause of death has been released for the former Bon Jovi bassist

One of the founding members of the New Jersey rock band Bon Jovi has died.

The death of Alec John Such, who was bassist and band member until 1994, was announced on June 6 on the Bon Jovi Twitter account.

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Former bandmates said they were “heartbroken” and described him as “wild and full of life”.

The American rock band rose to fame in the ’80s with hits like You Give Love a Bad Name and Livin’ on a Prayer.

The band was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Here’s everything you need to know about who Alec John Such was and what happened to him.

Who was Alec John Such?

This was “essential to the formation of the band,” according to Jon Bon Jovi on Twitter.

Born in New York in 1951, he was no stranger to the music scene, having played in a band called The Message with Richie Sambora and Phantom’s Opera.

A childhood friend of Tico Torres, he was the manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey and booked Jon Bon Jovi and the Wild Ones to play there before joining the band.

The 70-year-old played with them from 1983 to 1994 and featured on some of their most famous hits, including “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name.”

Speaking to USA Today before Such’s death, the band’s first manager Peter Mantas explained the important role Such played.

Mantas said: “Alec John Such was a very important member of the group.

“Without Alec, there wouldn’t have been Tico, with whom he had acted in Phantom’s Opera, and there wouldn’t have been Richie.”

He was replaced by Hugh McDonald after leaving the band in 1994 but rejoined the band when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Why did Alec John Such leave the band?

The bassist played in the band from 1983 to 1994 but left the band citing burnout.

Alec John Such attends the 33rd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2018 (Photo: Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

He is significantly older than his bandmates, he explains in an interview with the Asbury Park Press that: “The record company used to lie about my age.

“I was 31 when I started. I was a good 10 years older than the rest of the band. My sister ended up getting really mad because the newspapers called her my older sister when she was actually younger.”

Such added: “When I was 43, I started to burn out. It felt like work and I didn’t want to work. The reason I initially got into a band was because I didn’t want to work.”

What did Jon Bon Jovi and other bandmates say?

Bon Jovi released a statement on Twitter announcing the bassist’s death.

In it he said: “We are heartbroken at the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such.

“He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was an integral part of the band’s formation.

“To be honest we found each other through him – he was a childhood friend of Tico’s and brought Richie to perform with us.

“Alec was always wild and full of life.

“Today these special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eyes.

“We will miss him very much.”

The singer also released a one-minute in memoriam video showcasing the former bassist and his time with the band.

Other bandmates have also taken to social media to leave tributes.

Keyboardist David Bryan Sunday said, “There are no words today…just sadness, RIP, my soul brother.”

The bassist who replaced him, Hugh McDonald, shared on Instagram: “He was one of a kind, a real piece of work. God bless you Alec.”

How did Alec John Such die?

No official cause of death has been released for the former Bon Jovi bassist.