Founding guitarist Alec Jon as Bon Jovi dies at 70

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Bon Jovi’s founding member and bassist Alec John Mithlash has passed away. He was 70 years old.

The The band confirmed his death On Twitter Sunday afternoon with a chart including his year of birth and death with the tagline “Bon Jovi forever” above his name.

It is unclear how the musician died.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend Alec Jon Such.” Bon Jovi Posted on their Twitter account.

“He was original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was an integral part of forming the band. … Honestly, we found our way to each other through him – he was a childhood friend of Tico [Torres] and brought Richie [Sambora] To see us perform. Alec was always wild and full of life. Today, these special memories bring a smile to my face and bring tears to my eyes. We will miss him very much.”

Alec Jon as Bon Jovi performs on stage at Wembley Arena, London May 14, 1993.
(Ian Dixon/Redferns)

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Social media tributes poured into the rock star, who has shared the stage with both legendary musicians throughout his decades-long career.

John shared the band’s tweet on his own account and wrote, “Alec, we’ll miss you.”

Founding member and keyboardist David Bryan wrote: “RIP my soulmate….it has been an honor and a pleasure to share the stage and share the life with you…”

She played like this on The Message in the early ’80s with Richie Sambora before joining Bon Jovi. He left the group in 1994 due to feeling “overwhelmed”.

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He met the band in 2018 when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“When Jon Bon Jovi called me and asked me to be in his band many years ago, I quickly realized how serious he was and he had a vision he wanted to lead us into, and I’m so glad I was a part of that vision.”

He continued, “These guys are the best. We had a great time together and we wouldn’t be here without these guys. We loved them to death and always will.”

Bon Jovi They are famous for being one of the most influential American rock bands of all time, having sold over 130 million records worldwide.

Bon Jovi backstage before a performance at Somerfest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 29, 1985. Pictured, from left, are Alec Jon Such, Ritchie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, Tico Torres, and David Bryan.

Bon Jovi backstage before a performance at Somerfest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 29, 1985. Pictured, from left, are Alec Jon Such, Ritchie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, Tico Torres, and David Bryan.
(Paul Natkin)

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