The Monkees singer Michael Nesmith passes away aged 78
Singer and guitarist Michael Nesmith of The Monkees has sadly passed away at the age of 78, his spokesperson has said.
Best known as a member of the American pop band, they rose to international fame back in the 1960s, with Michael going on to also become a successful novelist and businessman.
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."
Along with singer Davy Jones, drummer Micky Dolenz and bassist Peter Tork, the band recorded and performed some of the 60s' most defining singles like I’m A Believer, Daydream Believer and Last Train To Clarksville.
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 Dolenz (@TheMickyDolenz1) December 10, 2021
Michael's spokesperson confirmed he died from natural causes on Friday morning.
Bandmate Micky Dolenz, 76, said: "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, Mick."
Midge Ure also paid tribute on Twitter, saying: "Very sad to hear this. The Monkees star Michael Nesmith dies at 78."
Michael's death comes almost three years after bandmate Peter Tork who passed away peacefully at the age of 77, with Davy Jones also passing away in 2012 at the age of 66.