Former Monkee Peter Tork dies

Posted at 3:14 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 21:02:19-05
Peter Tork of the pop group the Monkees is shown at a press conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York, July 6, 1967. (AP Photo/Ray Howard)


LOS ANGELES – A member of the 1960s pop band “The Monkees” has died. Guitarist Peter Tork passed away Thursday morning. He was 77 years old.

The group had several hit songs and a popular TV show in the 1960s.

Tork’s sister, Anne Thorkelson, confirmed his death to the Washington Post, but did not cite a cause of death. Tork was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer 10 years ago.

“The Monkees” came about when Tork, along with Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz and Michael Nesmith, answered an ad to be in a show about a pop band in 1966.

“The Monkees” were an immediate hit on TV and radio with multiple hits, including “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville.”

Tork left the group in 1968 over creative differences but joined them for several reunion tours, most recently in 2016.

Fellow band member Davy Jones passed away in 2012.