Michael Nesmith, Monkees singer and guitarist, dead at 78

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(CNN)Michael Nesmith, a vocalist and guitarist for the deed radical the Monkees, died Friday.

He was 78.

Micky Dolenz, Nesmith's bandmate, confirmed the quality to CNN.

    "I've mislaid a beloved person and partner," Dolenz said. "I'm truthful grateful that we could walk the past mates of months unneurotic doing what we loved champion -- singing, laughing, and doing shtick. I'll miss it each truthful much. Especially the shtick. Rest successful peace, Nez."

      Nesmith died of bosom nonaccomplishment astatine his location successful Carmel Valley, CA, according to his manager.

      "With Infinite Love we denote that Michael Nesmith has passed distant this greeting successful his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of earthy causes," a connection connected behalf of his household and obtained by Rolling Stone read. "We inquire that you respect our privateness astatine this clip and we convey you for the emotion and airy that each of you person shown him and us."

      Monkees circuit manager Andrew Sandoval said the radical had conscionable precocious been performing.

      "We shared galore travels and projects unneurotic implicit the people of 30 years, which culminated successful a Monkees farewell circuit that wrapped up lone a fewer weeks ago," Sandoval tweeted.

      Nesmith and surviving set subordinate Dolenz past performed successful Los Angeles connected Nov. 14.

      A Houston, Texas native, Nesmith moved to L.A. aft a abbreviated stint successful the Air Force. Before becoming a household name, helium had occurrence arsenic a opus writer, with songs similar "Mary, Mary," which was recorded by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and "Different Drum," which was recorded by Linda Ronstadt.

      He landed a relation connected the TV bid "The Monkees" successful 1965. The bid aired from 1966 to 1968. He went connected to person a solo vocation and has been considered 1 of the pioneers of state rock.

      In 1981 helium won a Grammy Award for video of the year.

        He continued to circuit with the Monkees passim his career, portion besides touring solo.

        Nesmith was joined 3 times and is survived by 4 children.

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