Richie Sambora: Bye Bye Bon Jovi

Posted Friday August 23, 2013 10:30 AM GMT

He's been a key member of Bon Jovi, serving as the lead guitarist, but Richie Sambora has decided to leave the band.

Mr. Sambora was announced his departure after a series of issues with other members of the rock group.

Bon Jovi's rep spoke about the situation, stating, "There were a lot of well-documented problems, so this was the best decision for now."

Before the announcement, Richie missed multiple appearances on the group's Because We Can tour.

On April 3, the guitarist's website read, "Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as schedule."

Richie has been with Bon Jovi since the band came together in 1983. In the past 30 years, the bandmate helped create 12 studio albums. In 2009 he and Jon Bon Jovi were inducted together in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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