Reports are saying that Micky Dolenz of The Monkees had to “let go” of the late Mike Nesmith when he learned his bandmate was going into hospice. Nesmith recently died of heart failure at the age of 78, and now Dolenz is the last Monkee left, as Davy Jones and Peter Tork preceded Nesmith’s death.
However, Nesmith was touring with Dolenz for a Monkees farewell tour just weeks before he passed away, which is why his death may come as a shock to many. But he actually went into hospice just days prior to his death.
Mike Nesmith went into hospice just days before his death
“I found out a couple days ago that he was going into hospice,” Dolenz told Rolling Stone just a few hours after news of Nesmith’s death went public. He said that learning this news helped him to process letting his friend go. “I had my moment then and I let go. I let go a couple days ago… It’s just good to know that he passed peacefully.”
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Dolenz and Nesmith had a very special bond
I’ve lost a dear friend and partner.
I’m so grateful that we could spend the last couple of months together doing what we loved best – singing, laughing, and doing shtick.
I’ll miss it all so much. Especially the shtick.
Rest in peace, Nez.
All my love,
— Micky Dolenz (@TheMickyDolenz1) December 10, 2021
So, now that it’s just Dolenz by himself, can we expect him to do a lone Monkees tour in the future? “When I go out, I go out as Micky Dolenz of the Monkees. But I’d never go out as the Monkees by myself,” he says. “I don’t really see myself as the last Monkee, but it’s the end of an era. That’s for sure. That’s what happens. None of us are going to get out of this alive.”