Peter Tork's family confirms that The Monkees member died Thursday morning of adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer of the salivary glands.
Posting on Facebook, they refer to the "friend, father, husband, grandfather, philosopher, goofball, entertainer [whose] energy, intelligence, silliness, and curiosity were traits that for decades brought laughter and enjoyment to millions, including those of us closest to him."
They note how "those traits also equipped him well to take on cancer, a condition he met with unwavering humor and courage."
The Thorkelson family "are grateful that we have an extended support network thanks to the attentive energy and dedication of Peter’s fans worldwide." They want "fans to know with absolute certainty that your spirit and goodwill fed Peter with continued energy and force [and of course humor]."
Fans can make contributions in Peter’s name to the scholarship fund at The Institute for The Musical Arts in Massachusetts, a non-profit that provides young women with music education, music recording, and music community.