Fans in mourning as this longtime Beach Boys member dies at 67

Dec 21, 2023

The golden age of rock and roll seems to be coming to an end.

And as the seemingly ageless rockers do in fact age, it’s inevitable they will fade away.

Now fans are in mourning as this longtime Beach Boys member dies at 67.

Jeffrey Foskett, a beloved longtime musician with The Beach Boys has died.

“One of the most talented guys I ever knew”

Foskett died on December 11 at age 67. He had been battling anaplastic thyroid cancer.

The Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson took to Facebook to confirm his bandmate’s death and offer a heartfelt tribute to Foskett.

“I’m so heartbroken that my dear friend Jeff Foskett has passed,” Wilson wrote on the social media platform. 

“Jeff was always there for me when we toured and we couldn’t have done it without him. Jeff was one of the most talented guys I ever knew. He was a great musical leader and guitarist and he could sing like an angel. I first met Jeff in 1976 when he knocked on my door in Bel Air and I invited him in, and we were friends ever since. I don’t know what else to say. Love and Mercy to Jeff’s family and friends, we will remember him forever.”

In 2012, Foskett told the Los Angeles Times about that first meeting, saying, “Brian opened the door and said ‘Hey, come on in’ — like he’d been expecting us! I said, ‘Great!’ We hung around and went to the music room … He said, ‘Stay in touch.’ And I did — and I’m glad that I did.”

From an Endless Summer to becoming a Beach Boy 

A few years after first meeting Wilson, Foskett was recruited by another Beach Boys founder, Mike Love, to join his Endless Summer Band. 

But right around that same time, Carl Wilson decided to step away from the Beach Boys to pursue a solo career, and Love suggested that Foskett replace him in the legendary band.

When Wilson decided to rejoin the band, Foskett assumed he would be let go.

As Foskett told Rolling Stone in 2019, “Two months later Carl came back and I assumed that I would be gone. We had a big rehearsal at the Beach Boys’ building on Lincoln Boulevard. We got out four songs and Carl stopped it. I remember this very clearly. He said, ‘First of all. I’m not responsible for anyone’s personal financial situation. I’m responsible to make this band sound as good as it can sound. So there will be some changes made.’ And everybody left with their tails between their legs, thinking that no one was coming back. So fortunately, Dennis [Wilson] pulled me aside and said, ‘You’re good, man, you’re in the band, don’t worry.’ I felt really good about that.”

Foskett did leave the band in 1990 after touring with them for nearly a decade. 

He worked on a solo career of his own for eight years, but in 1998, he rejoined Wilson and began touring with him.

Foskett toured with Wilson for several more years before taking a break in 2013. 

Then, in 2014, he rejoined The Beach Boys under Love’s leadership. 

In 2018 Foskett was diagnosed with terminal cancer. 

He survived for five years before passing away.

Actor John Stamos, who has had a long and close connection with The Beach Boys, posted a lengthy tribute to Foskett on social media, saying, “Today, I lost more than a friend; I lost a part of my soul, my history – Jeffrey Foskett, my dearest friend, brother, and the brightest light in my life, has left this world.”

Stamos added, “Jeff was more than just a friend; he was the one who brought the harmonies of The Beach Boys into my life, and with them, a spectrum of color and joy I never dreamed would be part of my life. He was a vibrant force, a radiant soul whose laughter and wisdom touched everyone he met. He was an older brother in spirit, guiding, lifting, and loving me, sometimes more than I thought I deserved.”

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