The demise of Monkees singer and guitarist Michael Nesmith on Friday prompted tributes from throughout the leisure group, with many celebrities fondly remembering his work with the pop-rock band in addition to his various later output as a musician, video artist, and actor.
Micky Dolenz, the final surviving member of the Monkees, was amongst these paying their respects, writing, “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.”
Monkees supervisor Andrew Sandoval, who authored the 2005 guide The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the 60s TV Pop Sensation, additionally honored Nesmith on Twitter, writing, “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.”
In a sequence of tweets, he continued, “That tour was a true blessing for so many. And in the end I know that Michael was at peace with his legacy which included songwriting, producing, acting, direction & so many innovative ideas and concepts. I am positive the brilliance he captured will resonate and offer the love and light towards which he always moved.”
Exterior of the Monkees, Nesmith was recognized for the seminal nation rock group the First Nationwide Band, his Grammy-winning music video and comedy sketch assortment Elephant Elements, and serving to to develop MTV with the music video sequence PopClips, amongst different achievements.
“#RIPMikeNesmith,” Patton Oswalt tweeted Friday. “Thank you for The Monkees, Elephant Parts, MTV & REPO MAN.” (Nesmith executive-produced the 1984 cult movie and helped to set it up at Common.)
Steven Web page of Barenaked Women put it even more succintly: “One of the all-time greatest. Rest In Peace Michael Nesmith.”
Nesmith died of pure causes at 78. “With Infinite Love we announce that Michael Nesmith has passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes,” his household stated in a press release obtained by EW. “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.”
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