Peter “Tork” Thorkelson

Peter “Tork” Thorkelson

A Statement from Peter Tork’s Family
We are all saddened to share the news that Peter Thorkelson — friend, father, husband, grandfather, philosopher, goofball, entertainer — died peacefully this morning at a family home in Connecticut. Peter succumbed to a 10 year bout with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer of the salivary glands. Peter’s energy, intelligence, silliness, and curiosity were traits that for decades brought laughter and enjoyment to millions, including those of us closest to him. Those traits also equipped him well to take on cancer, a condition he met with unwavering humor and courage.
We are all still raw, and still have much to process, but we are also feeling appreciation for Peter’s contributions. We are grateful that we have an extended support network thanks to the attentive energy and dedication of Peter’s fans worldwide. We want those fans to know with absolute certainty that your spirit and goodwill fed Peter with continued energy and force (and of course humor).
With that, we ask that our family have time and space to grieve in privacy.
We are asking fans who would like to make contributions in Peter’s name to donate to the scholarship fund at The Institute for The Musical Arts in Massachusetts, a nonprofit that provides young women with music education, music recording, and music community. More info can be found here:
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  • Melissa Benn February 23, 2019 1:04 am

    Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the amazing Peter “Tork” /Thorkelson. He filled my life with such joy through his music and vivacious personality . I am so sorry for your loss.

  • M Vegten February 23, 2019 6:56 am

    Dear family , sorry for you last great music ? Peter. I sent MI pray and love do you.
    I wish you the best. You in my heart ♥. Margo from the Netherlands.

  • Veronica James February 24, 2019 7:32 pm

    Blessings and deepest condolences to your family. It was truly a pleasure to meet you!

  • Victoria DeLacy March 2, 2019 8:09 pm

    Peter’s exuberant and endearing television personality was a part of my happy childhood and I trust he knew the Lord as Savior before leaving for the hereafter. Those seeking to attain eternal security may find the way at My sympathy and condolences to the Thorkelson family.

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