Peter Tork, longtime bassist of The Monkees, died Thursday (Feb. 21) at 77. The made-for-TV pop group began in the 1960s and had a long list of hits over the years.
“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,” reads a post on Tork’s Facebook page. “We ask for your kindness and understanding in allowing us to grieve this huge loss privately.”
A cause of death isn’t immediately known. Below are reactions from the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Carole King and more of Tork’s famous friends and admirers.
— The Monkees (@TheMonkees) February 21, 2019
— Micky Dolenz (@TheMickyDolenz1) February 21, 2019
I’m sad to hear about Peter Tork passing. I thought The Monkees were great and Peter will be missed. Love & mercy to Peter’s family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/NquzjTmtFx
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) February 21, 2019
R.I.P. Peter Tork https://t.co/7MupqRioKa
— Carole King (@Carole_King) February 21, 2019
So sorry for your loss Micky, you all brought so much joy into people’s lives…
— Mark McGrath (@mark_mcgrath) February 21, 2019
Ahh.. RIP Peter Tork- my favourite monkee pic.twitter.com/JBDY5pZORb
— graham coxon (@grahamcoxon) February 21, 2019
This sentence from Peter Tork’s obituary in the Washington Post is pretty special (maybe doesn’t need the moccasins? Plenty of other stuff going on. Why am I quibbling?) I love The Monkees and as a kid, identified most with Peter. He was great and should, IMO, RIP. pic.twitter.com/c7oejsjDqK
— Andy Daly (@TVsAndyDaly) February 21, 2019
Peter Tork was a tremendous musician. He had a natural ability that for me was the soul of ?@TheMonkees?.Truly an Americana aficionado as well as a member of the beloved rock band. Their origins irrelevant. Their musical output fun & eternal. RIP pic.twitter.com/DC8PA1kGIm
— Michael Des Barres (@MDesbarres) February 21, 2019
The Monkees should have been a disposable manufactured lark, immediately forgotten, but instead they made a classic TV show and great pop music that will last forever. I had the honor of meeting Peter Tork, such a nice guy. Rest In Peace.
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) February 21, 2019
RIP, Peter Tork. — Condolences to his family and loved ones.
Peter was so adorable! I loved the Monkees when it reran in the 70s. Thank you for all the fun. Now I want to watch the Monkees again. https://t.co/z9YKy3dKcW
— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) February 21, 2019