The Monkees' Peter Tork Dies At Age 77

The Monkees bassist Peter Tork died yesterday at the age of 77. An announcement on Tork’s official Facebook page revealed his passing, although they didn’t reveal a cause of death. He was diagnosed in 2009 with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of cancer of the tongue, but he made a full recovery. Tork is now the second member of the Monkees who has died.Davy Jones passed in 2012.

“I am told he slipped away peacefully,” his Monkee bandmate Michael Nesmith said in a statement. “Yet, as I write this my tears are awash, and my heart is broken. Even though I am clinging to the idea that we all continue, the pain that attends these passings has no cure.” MickyDolenz also tweeted, “There are no words right now...heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork.”

The Monkees, which consisted of Tork, Nesmith, Dolenz and Jones, were a made-for-TV group, with Tork playing the dimwit of the band. The series premiered in 1966 and ran for two seasons, sparking widespread fandom. The group released several albums, landing number one hits like “Daydream Believer,” “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville.”