Peter Tork, one quarter of the legendary TV pop band The Monkees, has passed away at the age of 77. His sister confirmed the news to The Washington Post, though no cause of death was given.
Tork began his career as a folk and blues musician in the Greenwich Village scene who also played alongside Stephen Stills. He was cast as part of the “Prefab Four” for the iconic TV show, which premiered in 1966. Tork played bass and keyboards for The Monkees, singing lead on a handful of tracks throughout their career as well.
The group fractured in the late ’60’s following the release of their psychedelic film Head, with Tork quitting the band. He spent much of the ’70’s working in various careers, including in and out of the music business, and later admitted to alcohol addiction during this time as well.
The Monkees saw a resurgence in the mid-’80’s and began touring once again. Tork alternated for the rest of his career between touring as a Monkee and making his own solo music. Tork is the second Monkee to pass away, following the death of Davy Jones in 2012.