A founding member of the legendary US rock band Bon Jovi, former bassist Alec John Such, has died at the age of 70, the group announced.

Today those special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye," he added. "We'll miss him dearly."

Such played with them from 1983 to 1994, when they had such hits as You Give Love a Bad Name, 

He was credited with bringing the band together and was remembered as a dear friend who was "wild and full of life".

A childhood friend of drummer Tico Torres, he brought guitarist and songwriter Richie Sambora to see the band perform, Bon Jovi said

Alec was integral to the formation of the band," singer-songwriter Jon Bon Jovi tweeted