A member of the popular band The Beach Boys died this week at 67 years old from Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer. Tributes came in for guitarist Jeffrey Foskett, who had been with the band for more than 40 years.
Foskett had played with the band since 1979 and also played in other bands headed by members Brian Wilson and Mike Love.
Wilson wrote on social media that he was “so heartbroken that my dear friend Jeff Foskett has passed. Jeff was always there for me when we toured and we couldn’t have done it without him.”
The longtime Beach Boys member said that Foskett “was one of the most talented guys I ever know” and called him a “great musical leader and guitarist and he could sing like an angel.”
Actor and veteran advocate Gary Sinise wrote that he was “very sad and sorry this morning to hear of the passing of friend Beach Boys Jeffrey Foskett.”
He added that Foskett was a “talented wonderful person” and posted a photo of the two together.
Very sad and sorry this morning to hear of the passing of friend Beach Boys Jeffrey Foskett.
Such a talented wonderful person. My heart goes out to his family. Rest in Peace my friend https://t.co/ERGljHfqye pic.twitter.com/bbR4MbyK2G
— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) December 12, 2023
Actor John Stamos also spoke out on social media about his friend. He wrote that he had lost “a part of my soul.” He called Foskett his “dearest friend, brother and the brightest light in my life.”
Stamos said that when he received word of Foskett’s death “uncontrollable tears streamed down my face, a physical manifestation of the heartache within.”
Stamos posted a photo of the two together. The actor also played alongside the Beach Boys for years.
Foskett had been in treatment for cancer at the Anderson Cancer Center. In his last post on social media in March, he wrote that much of the previous four years “has been trying.”
“It tries your body, mind and spirit but it has left me THRIVING and most importantly able to meet my grandson Domenic,” he wrote.
The musician was part of the band which broke into public consciousness in the 1960s. The Beach Boys have sold more than 100 million records even as it has cycled through members.