Peter Tork, Monkees Bassist and Singer, Dies at 77

The Monkees were originally formed for a TV show but their undeniable talent quickly made them a household name.

Peter Tork, a member of the Monkees, has passed away at the age of 77.

Tork, the bassist for the iconic 1960s pop band, died Thursday. A cause of death has not been revealed. 

In 2009, Tork was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma but fought his way to be clear of the cancer.

“It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world,” read a statement on Tork's official Facebook page. “Please know that Peter was extremely appreciative of you, his Torkees.”

He released his final album, a blues record, in last year.

The Monkees were formed in 1965 by producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for a television show of the same name to see what life was like as pop rock band similar to the Beatles. The series ran until 1968, but the Monkees endured afterward.

During the height of their career, the Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. 

In the mid-'80s, the band reformed, and they went on tours and released new music. However, not all original members took part and there were various lineup changes over the years.

Following the announcement of Tork’s passing Thursday morning, many took to social media to eulogize the musician. 

Tork’s former Monkees bandmember Micky Dolenz wrote he was “heartbroken.” 

Beach Boy Brian Wilson said, “I thought The Monkees were great and Peter will be missed.”

Liverpool’s Cavern Club, made famous as the site of some of the first Beatles concerts, paid their respects to Tork, who once performed there, as well.