Peter Tork was one of the members of the hit music group The Monkees and he has died, at the age of 77. The news was announced on the official Peter Tork Facebook page in a statement that read, “It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world. As we have mentioned in the past, the PTFB team is made up of Peter’s friends, family and colleagues – we ask for your kindness and understanding in allowing us to grieve this huge loss privately.” Tork had struggled with cancer for a decade and his sister, Anne Thorkelson, has also confirmed his death, according to Daily Mail. In death, Tork leaves behind his family and his wife, Pam Tork (Pamela Grapes). Get to know more about their relationship, Tork’s love life over the years and more in our facts below.
1. Pam Tork Was Peter’s Fourth Wife
Peter Tork has been married four times total, marrying three women prior to meeting Pamela Grapes. She is more commonly known as Pam Tork since marrying the musician. In 1960, Tork was married for the first time and My Heritage reported they were only married for less than a year. Tork didn’t marry again until 1973, but that was a short-lived marriage as well. Reine Stewart was Tork’s second wife.
A year later, Tork married Barbara Iannoli and he stayed married to her for 12 years. Tork divorced Iannoli but didn’t marry again until 2013.
Tork and wife Pam were married about 16 years when he died.
2. Peter Tork Had Three Kids From Previous Relationships
Pam Tork and Peter Tork never had children together. However, he did have three children from previous relationships. Two children were from marriages, while one was from a previous relationship.
Peter Tork’s oldest child, Hallie Thorkelson, is 49 years old and she was from his second marriage, to Reine Stewart. His second child is now 43 and his name is Ivan Joseph Iannoli. Ivan is from Tork’s third marriage, to Barbara Iannoli. Tork’s youngest child is 21-year-old Erica Marie, who was born from a relationship that Tork had with Tammy Sestak.
Not much is known about Tork’s family members. But, none of his children are reported to have followed in their father’s musical footsteps.
3. Tork’s Second Wife Was Reportedly a Groupie
Reine Stewart and Tork were married from 1973 to 1974. Stewart reportedly had a twin sister named Tracy and they were groupies. According to a Facebook post made by Not Necessarily Stoned, but Beautiful: Hippies of the 60s and Beyond, in 2016, Stewart and Tork met at a party.
The Facebook post stated, “Reine got together with Chris Hillman, as well as participated in threesomes with her pal Christine, who was dating David Crosby (the Jefferson Airplane/CSNY song ‘Triad’ was about David and those two lovely ladies) Besides ‘dating’ Chris Hillman, and Crosby, Reine also dated Bruce Palmer from the Buffalo Springfield. Around this time, David was becoming alienated from the Byrds and began hanging out with Steve Stills of Buffalo Springfield who happened to be pals with Peter Tork. Apparently Crosby introduced Peter to Reine at a party. Peter was never really into dating one person at a time in those days, until he met Reine. But she was a total hippie chick. And in David Crosby’s book, Reine is always mentioned in reference to rolling joints or being the ‘ecstacy coordinator’.”
Stewart played the drums and even formed a band called RELEASE with Tork, according to Steve Hoffman Forums.
4. Pam and Peter Tork Were Living in Connecticut When He Died
Peter and his wife were living in Connecticut at the time of his death. Pam was a registered voter in their area, under her maiden name, Pamela Grapes. According to Voter Records, Pam is a registered voter in Mansfield, Connecticut, and is not affiliated with any party.
The Guardian reported that, in Tork’s obituary, his family is mentioned. It states, “Tork is survived by his fourth wife, Pam (nee Grapes), whom he married in 2013, a daughter, Hallie, from his second marriage, a son, Ivan, from his third, and a daughter, Erica, from another relationship.”
In addition to leaving his family behind, Tork also had many fans. According to Facebook, Tork’s groupies were known as “Torkees”.
5. Tork’s Wife Was With Him Through His Cancer Battle
Tork was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2009 and he has battled the disease for a decade. His family has been a great support system for him throughout his battle. In an interview with Daily Mail, Tork said that, “I did my vocal exercises and the doctors decided I didn’t need speech therapy. It was a tough time but my daughter, Hallie, 41, was a real support to me.”
In 2009, Tork wrote on his official website that he had surgery on his tongue for adenoid cystic carcinoma.