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Michael Nesmith: The Monkees singer and guitarist Michael Nesmith dies aged 78

Written by on 10 December 2021

Michael Nesmith, who was a singer and guitarist in 1960s pop group The Monkees, has died at the age of 78.

Nesmith’s manager Andrew Sandoval confirmed the news in a statement on Twitter.

He said: “It is with deep sadness that I mark the passing of Michael Nesmith.

“We shared many travels and projects together over the course of 30 years, which culminated in a Monkees farewell tour that wrapped up only a few weeks ago.”

Bandmate Micky Dolenz also posted on Twitter saying: “I’m heartbroken. I’ve lost a dear friend and partner. I’m so grateful that we could spend the last couple of months together doing what we loved best – singing, laughing, and doing shtick.

“I’ll miss it all so much. Especially the shtick. Rest in peace, Nez. All my love, Micky.”

A statement from his family said: “With Infinite Love we announce that Michael Nesmith has passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes.

“We ask that you respect our privacy at this time and we thank you for the love and light that all of you have shown him and us.”