Michael Nesmith of American rock band The Monkees has died aged 78 | News | DW

Michael Nesmith, who rose to fame in the 1960s as a member of American rock group The Monkees, died on Friday at the age of 78, his family said in a statement.

Singer-songwriter and actor who had quadruple bypass surgery in 2018, has died
at home from natural causes, his family said.

Nesmith rose to prominence in September 1966 when he played the role of the wool-hat guitarist of the made-for-television group The Monkees.

Nesmith was a struggling singer-songwriter when he saw an ad to star in “The Monkees” alongside David Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork

His bandmate Dolenz: “I’m heartbroken”

The show turned him and band members Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and David Jones into stars overnight.

Nesmith was on tour until just a few weeks ago and Dolenz, the only surviving member of the Monkees, took to Twitter to pay tribute to his “dear friend and partner”.

“My heart is broken,” he continued. “I’m so grateful that we were able to spend the last two months together doing what we loved the most – singing, laughing and shticking. I will miss everything so much. Especially the shtick. Rest in peace, Nose. All my love. , Micky. “

Nesmith also worked in the film industry, wrote books

The group broke up in 1970, but Nesmith’s journey in the performing arts didn’t end there. He has pursued a long and creative career, not only as a musician, but also as a writer, producer and film director. He wrote several books, became a director of a media arts company, and created a music video format that led to the creation of MTV.

But it will be his break in the mid-1960s, when he saw an advertisement in a trade publication looking for “four crazy boys” to play musicians in a Beatles-inspired rock band, who will be best remembered for him.

jsi / wd (Reuters, AP, dpa)

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