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Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork on the set of the television show The Monkees in October 1967 in Los Angeles, California. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Monkees singer-songwriter Michael Nesmith died Friday at the age of 78.

The musician died of natural causes at his home in Carmel Valley Village, California, his family confirmed Friday.

“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. “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.”


Michael Nesmith
Michael Nesmith with The Monkees Perform at the Symphony Hall on Friday, October 8, 2021, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb Cohen/Invision/AP) Robb Cohen/Robb Cohen/Invision/AP

Nesmith was one of two survivors of the four-man band that dominated television and pop music in the 1960s. He and bandmate Micky Dolenz played their last show together in November in Las Vegas.

As the group's songwriter, he penned hits including “Mary, Mary” and “Circle Sky.” The group performed hits such as “Daydream Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville.”


After leaving the Monkees, Nesmith formed the First National Band and later became a solo artist in the country-rock genre.

Nesmith's mother, Bette Nesmith Graham, was known for being the inventor of correction fluid Liquid Paper.