LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — KTLA is reporting the sad news, Peter Tork, guitarist of late 1960s television series, The Monkees, has died. He was 77.

“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,” Tork’s official Facebook account announced Thursday morning.


The post did not specify when or how he died, though Tork underwent surgery in 2009 to remove cancer from his tongue.

Tork was a 23-year-old folk guitarist fresh from Greenwich Village when TV executives cast him in the Monkees and promoted the quartet as America’s answer to the Beatles, who had been collectively nicknamed the Fab Four.