1960s Bassist Of The Monkees Peter Tork Passes At 77!

Published Date: 22 Feb, 2019 Updated date: 22 Feb, 2019 By Celebs Podium

Keyboardist and bass guitarist of the mid-1960s American rock and pop band ‘The Monkees’, Peter Tork is no more with us. The Washington-born musician passed away Thursday at his late 70s.

Peter Tork’s sister and bandmates passed heartbreaking news as no actual reason of the musician’s death comes public yet. However, Peter was battling with long-haul tongue cancer (adenoid cystic carcinoma) since 2009.

The Monkees’ vocalist and drummer, Micky Dolenz took over his Twitter account to pass the unfortunate death of his former bandmate. Micky wrote,

There are no words right now…heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork.

The death was also announced through Peter’s official Facebook page, ‘’The REAL Peter Tork (Official).’

Following the unfortunate incident, The Monkees’ official Twitter page paid tribute to the deceased musician asking for fans to share their favorite memories of him.

Devastated by the news, Peter Tork’s family also issued an official statement claiming the former died peacefully at a family home in Connecticut. Besides, they urged his fans to make a contribution in Peter’s name to donate to the scholarship fund at The Institute for the Musical Arts in Massachusetts. It’s a nonprofit organization that tends to provide music education to young women.


A steal from The Monkees’ 1967 Emmy win (Picture: NBC News)

Peter, alongside his other friends, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Michael Nesmith became part of the made-for-TV band The Monkees in 1966. However, the group disbanded in the early 1970s.

Peter Tork Bio, Career, Net Worth, Married

Peter Tork was born as Peter Halsten Thorkelson on 13 February 1942, in Washington D.C, U.S. He grew up alongside his parents, Virginia Hope and Halsten John Thorkelson. Halsten John was an economics professor at the University of Connecticut.

With his early interest in bass and guitars, Peter initiated his music career in 1964. It was only in 1966 when he became part of the new TV series about four pop-rock musicians, The Monkees. Peter enjoyed the net worth of $4 Million before waving goodbye from this world.

Besides, the late musician married four times altogether. His marriages with Jody Bab, Reine Stewart, and Barbara Iannoli ended in divorce. He later married Pamela Grapes in 2014, and she gave him support until his death.

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