Michael Nesmith Death – Cause of Death: Monkees singer-songwriter and guitarist, Michael Nesmith dies aged 78.
Musician, songwriter, actor, producer, and novelist Michael Nesmith best known as a member of the pop rock band the Monkees and co-star of the TV series The Monkees (1966–1968) died on Friday, December 10, 2021, Nesmith’s manager, Andrew Sandoval confirmed.
Sandoval announced via a social media post when he wrote; “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.￼”
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.￼ pic.twitter.com/6aGfWWq0HN
— Andrew Sandoval (@cometothesun) December 10, 2021
Nesmith’s songwriting credits include “Different Drum,” which became a hit for Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys.
After the break-up of the Monkees, Nesmith continued his successful songwriting and performing career, first with the seminal country rock group the First National Band, with whom he had a top-40 hit, “Joanne”, and then as a solo artist.
He played a 12-string guitar, performing on a custom-built Gretsch electric during his time with the Monkees and various 12-string acoustic models during his post-Monkees career.
Paul Revere & The Raiders music band wrote a tribute to the iconic guitarist via a post on their social media page. The post read; “So sad to learn of the passing of our friend Michael Nesmith. Our thoughts are with his children, Jason, Christian, Jonathan & Jessica, and his band mate and our dear friend, Micky Dolenz. As well as all the friends and fans Mike and The Monkees have touched.”