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Tommy DeVito, founding member of The Four Seasons, dead at 92
Tommy DeVito, one of
the four original members of the band The Four Seasons, has died. He was 92.
"My dear friend
Tommy passed away in Las Vegas at 9:45 last night with deep regret I am writing
this sitting in his living room," he wrote alongside a photo of the
entertainer. "I was informed by his daughter Darcel there will be a
service in New Jersey."
bandmate Frankie Valli also wrote a post on Facebook on behalf of himself and
band member singer-keyboardist Bob Gaudio.
"We send our
love to his family during this most difficult time," the post read.
"He will be missed by all who loved him."
DeVito, Valli, Gaudio
and Nick Massi founded the American rock and pop band the Four Seasons in 1960
and went on to create such hit songs as "Big Girls Don't Cry,"
"Sherry" and "Walk Like a Man."
The band inspired the
2005 Broadway musical "Jersey Boys." The musical eventually won a
Tony Award for best musical, a Grammy Award for best cast album, and was made
into a feature film.
DeVito was a baritone
vocalist and lead guitarist for the group. He was inducted into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.