Peter Tork, former Monkees bassist and keyboardist, died Thursday. He was 77.

The musician was best-known as the wise-cracking dummy in the fictitious TV rock band. He became a teenage heartthrob in the late-1960s thanks to his endearing personality and lovable character.

Tork’s passing was confirmed by his sister Anne Thorkelson on Thursday morning. The cause of death is currently unknown, but he was diagnosed with a rare tongue cancer in 2009 — adenoid cystic carcinoma.

Peter Tork of The Monkees performs at the Pantages Theatre on Sept. 16, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif.

A statement regarding his passing was posted to Tork’s official Facebook page by one of his close friends.

Some of Tork’s friends and other celebrities close to Tork expressed their sorrow on social media.

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