Alec John Such, former bassist and one of the founding members of Bon Jovi, has died.
Alec’s death was confirmed by Bon Jovi via a heartwrenching tweet on 5 June 2022. The tweet read, “We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such. He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the band. To be honest, we found our way to each other through him”.
The same tweet concluded, “He was a childhood friend of Tico and brought Richie to see us perform. Alec was always wild and full of life. Today those special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. We will miss him dearly”.
Likewise, songwriter and Keyboardist David Bryan also paid his tribute via a Tweet. He wrote, “RIP, my soul brother. It was an honor and pleasure to share the stage and life with you”.
Learn in this article if he left a wife or kids at the time of his death.
Alec John Such Cause Of Death
The cause of death of Alec John Such is yet to be public. Along with that, other details regarding his death are yet to release officially.
In May 2000 interview, Alec revealed his health issues. He said, “a drunk driver smashed into his car in Marlboro, shattering his hip. Recovery was agonizing, physically and mentally”.
“It took them an hour to get me out of the car,” Alec recalled. “I was on my back for six months after surgery. It was about the worst thing to happen to me in my life”.
Did Alec John Such Leave Behind A Wife?
No, Alec John Such was reportedly single at the time of his death.
However, Alec married once to his ex-wife. It was before 1983. During an interview with music reporter Kelly-Jane Cotter from Asbury Park Press which was published on 14 May 2000, he revealed that he was divorced for more than 17 years. This means he had divorced his ex-wife in 1983.
They didn’t share any kids and it has been 39 years at the time of his death.
At the time of the interview, 22 years before, Alec was still on good terms with his ex-wife. She had custody of their 19-year-old cat, Tiffany. The article read: “He dotes on his other cat, Max. When Such couldn’t find Max, who was ranging somewhere on the property, he handed a bullhorn to Muranti and asked him to call the cat so a photographer could take a picture of Such with his cat”.
Moreover, Alec was also rumored to date Rita Rae Roxx, a renowned groupie who allegedly lost her virginity on a tour bus behind the Omaha Civic Auditorium to Billy Squire when she was only 15. However, he settled with no one after that.
How Many Kids Did Alec John Such Have?
Alec John Such didn’t have any kids. Music reporter, Kelly-Jane interviewed him after he was putting all of his belongings in an estate auction sale. His friend and auctioneer Stephan J. Miranti told, “This is not a distress sale. He’s not broke.” That’s when Alec addressed children in his life.
“I always thought I’d have kids,” Alec told in May 2000 interview. “That’s half the reason I bought all this stuff. But you can’t predict or control what happens to you”.
Alec John Such Age At The Time Of His Death
At the time of his death, Alec John Such was 70 years old.
Alec John Such Family
Alec John Such was born to his mother Helen Such. In his home, he had one picture of his nieces and his mother posing with Vice President Al Gore in Italy. “I don’t know where in Italy that was taken but it was while we were on tour,” Alec revealed during his home tour for Kelly-Jane Cotter. “My mother would come with us on tour so she could travel everywhere. She wasn’t too pleased when I retired”.
Alec’s father died a long time ago and Such seems very close to and protective of his mother. Examples of her needlework were hung throughout the house, an odd juxtaposition with the other artwork. A tattoo on Alec’s left shoulder replicated a needlepoint picture of a wizard made by his mom.
The bassist had also saved a cimbalom, a Hungarian instrument similar to a dulcimer, handmade by his paternal grandfather and played by his father. Of his own musical career, he only wants to save photos he took of the band on various tours and a trophy awarded by the T.J. Martell Foundation, honoring the band’s work with autistic children.
He also had one younger sister.
How Much Was Alec John Such Net Worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Alec John Such accumulated a total net worth of $10 million.
Alec John Such worked as a manager of the concert venue before he landed a spot in Bon Jovi. He played in bands such as Phantom’s Opera (with Tico) and The Message (with Richie).
As manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, Such booked Jon Bon Jovi & The Wild Ones before joining the singer-songwriter’s band. Alec joined the group formed in New Jersey in 1983 at the age of 31.
Alec played on the Bon Jovi singles “Runaway”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”, “Livin’ on a Prayer”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, “Bad Medicine”, and “I’ll Be There for You”, “Always”, and more.
He played with the band for 11 years till 1994. Hugh McDonald later replaced him as a bassist. Alec described Hugh as a “hired gun” rather than a band member.
After leaving the band, Alec managed the band 7th Heaven. Besides that, he also owned a motorcycle shop in New York City and joined Bon Jovi at Giants Stadium in 2001 before retiring from music.
Although the reason for his dismissal is unclear, it is believed that the band fired him because of his live performance, according to NME.
Richie Sambora, also a former Bon Jovi member who quit the band in 2013, and later teamed up with the band for Hall Of Fame, commented on the long-standing rumor that Hugh McDonald had played a bigger role in recording the early albums than the band’s actual bassist, Alec John Such.
He said, “He did at the time because … this is no knock on Alec. Alec, you know, takes a little longer to come with a part or whatever, and we were moving pretty quickly”. Alec recommended Richie to Jon Bon Jovi.
Jon Bon Jovi said, regarding the departure of Alec: “Of course, it hurts. But I learned to accept and respect it. The fact that I’m a workaholic, studio in, studio out, stage on, stage off, and want to be dealing with music day and night, doesn’t mean everyone else has to adjust to that pace. Alec wanted to quit for a while now, so it didn’t come as a complete surprise”.
In an interview, Alec supposedly said, “I have enough of Jon, he’s puffed up, he thinks that I’m a weak bassist, he dislikes each note I play…”.
In 2018, when the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the band reunited again.
During the reunion, Alec spoke about his time in the band. He expressed, “(I) love them to death. I always will”. In the speech, Alec explained, “When Jon Bon Jovi called me up and asked me to be in his band many years ago, I soon realized how serious he was and he had a vision that he wanted to bring us to. And I’m only too happy to have been a part of that vision”.
In later years, Alec also spoke about political issues including American politician and the California State Assemblyman for the 10th district, Marc Levine.
Fun Fact — Alec John Such took a fall off of his motorcycle in September 1996 which injured his bass-playing hand, forcing him to develop a whole new way to hold and play his instrument.
Where Was Alec John Such Born?
Alec John Such was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Alec, who grew up in a tight-knit Hungarian neighborhood in Perth Amboy, bought his house in Colts Neck in 1988. However, there are records of him calling Yonkers, New York his hometown.
When Alec put up his house for sale, he shared with Kelly-Jane Cotter of Asbury Park Press, “I want to sell all this and buy a new motor home and a boat and just go traveling”.
He told the reporter, “I don’t miss being in a band; I don’t want any of that. I want to meet people and if they don’t believe I was in Bon Jovi, I won’t care I don’t think I’ve picked up a guitar since I left the band I don’t have calluses on my fingers anymore. I’d bleed if I played now”.
Was Alec John Such On Instagram?
No, Alec John Such was not on Instagram.