TOMMY DeVito, an original member of The Four Seasons doo-wop group, died on Monday from coronavirus.
The 92-year-old had recently been hospitalized from the deadly virus, according to loved ones.
The singer’s friend, Alfredo Nittoli, revealed on Facebook on Tuesday that Tommy “passed away in Las Vegas at 9:45 last night.
“With deep regret I am writing this sitting in his living room,” the friend wrote, adding Tommy’s daughter said they will hold a service in New Jersey, his home state.
Tommy was an original founding member of The Four Seasons in 1960 alongside Frankie Valli as the lead singer, Nick Massi on electric bass and vocals, and Bob Gaudio on keyboard and vocals.
He first performed in The Four Lovers and The Variatones, according to NJ.com.
Among the latter group’s hits were Big Girls Don’t Cry and Sherry – music which inspired the popular Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which opened in 2005 and won four Tony Awards.
Clint Eastwood directed a 2014 movie adaptation of the musical, in which actor Vincent Piazza portrayed Tommy.
The late 92-year-old performed with the iconic group for more than a decade, until Tommy left the band around the time of the release of its 1970 album, Half & Half.
In 1990, Tommy and the other original members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we report that Tommy DeVito, a founding member of The Four Seasons, has passed.
“We send our love to his family during this most difficult time,” they said. “He will be missed by all who loved him.”
It is with great sadness that we report that Tommy DeVito, a founding member of The Four Seasons, has passed.
We send our love to his family during this most difficult time.
He will be missed by all who loved him.⁰⁰- Frankie Valli & Bob Gaudio
Frankie brother, Bobby Valli, wrote on Facebook that Tommy was a “music legend!”
“(Original Jersey Boy) Tommy DeVito (R.I.P.) you were loved and will be missed.”