Monkees singer Michael Nesmith dies at 78

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Former The Monkees singer Michael Nesmith has died, his publicist tells CNN.

Nesmith, 78, was a founding member of the pop-rock band that would appeal to fans who wanted to live like their heroes of the 1960s.

In a statement, Davy Jones, who died suddenly in 2012, described Nesmith as “a great friend and incredible musician” who was “a creative force for joy and peace in the world.”

“With his passing, we have lost a dear friend and incredible musician,” Jones said. “He was a master. Words cannot begin to describe the loss we feel, but we know that you will carry on with his music and his message. It was a privilege to have him as a friend.”

In the 1970s, Nesmith left the group he joined with former girlfriend Davy Jones.

The band broke up in 1968 and Jones died of a heart attack in 2012.

In recent years, Nesmith had released a new Monkees record, a spoken word album and solo material.

In his online statement, Jones said Nesmith’s loss “makes us all miss Davy more than words can say.”

Nesmith’s death was reported first by the New York Times, citing family friend Todd Lewis.

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