Michael Nesmith, singer and guitarist of the Monkees, dies aged 78

Michael Nesmith, singer and guitarist of the American rock and pop band The Monkees passed away Friday of natural causes, his family confirmed in a statement. He was 78 years old.

“With boundless love, we announce that Michael Nesmith passed away this morning in his own home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes,” the statement read. . “We ask that you respect our privacy at this time and we thank you for the love and light you all have shown him and us.”

Nesmith is known as Monkee in a green beanie, or “Quiet Monkee”, writing New York Times. He is also remembered for creating one of the “first music videos of the rock era and winning the first Grammy Award for the video,” according to Times.

Two of the other members of the group – Davy Jones and Peter Tork – had previously passed away; Micky Dolenz is currently the only living member, and shared the following shortly after the news of Nesmith’s death was announced:

Two bandmates – Dolenz and Nesmith – just finished their farewell tour last month.

“[I]Finally, I know that Michael is at peace with his legacy that includes writing, producing, acting, directing and lots of innovative ideas and concepts,” said his manager, Andrew Sandoval, said Diversity. “I’m positive that the brilliance he captures will resonate and bring out the love and light he’s always been aiming for.” Michael Nesmith, singer and guitarist of the Monkees, dies aged 78


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