Monkees singer Michael Nesmith dead at 78

Michael Nesmith, singer and guitarist for the Monkees, died on Friday from natural causes at the age of 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 family said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. “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.”

The Monkees was a pop and rock band that took over the music world from 1966 until 1970.

The original group consisted of members Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Davy Jones and Nesmith.

Nesmith was famous for penning hits including “Mary, Mary,” “Circle Sky,” “Listen to the Band,” and “The Girl I Knew Somewhere.”

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