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Monkees guitarist Michael Nesmith reacted to his friend and band mate Davy Jonesdeath in a statement today.  “All the lovely people. Where do they all come from?” he wrote. “So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I
don’t know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and
appreciate your feelings, but let’s not get ahead
of ourselves here. “While it is jarring, and sometimes seems unjust, or strange, this
transition we call dying and death is a constant in the mortal
experience that we know almost nothing about.

“I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a
certainty of the continuity of existence. While I don’t exactly know
what happens in these times, there is an ongoing sense of life that
reaches in my mind out far beyond the near horizons of mortality and
into the reaches of infinity.

“That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it
does many of you,” he continued, “I will miss him, but I won’t abandon
him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating
life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with
that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the
mortal plane. David’s spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all
the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing
times, that were created for so many, including us. I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.”

Anyone else tearing up? Anyone else remember Mike, in his knit cap, acting like the dad of the group in the Monkees TV show? Sigh.

Band mate Peter Tork said on Facebook, “It is with great sadness that I reflect
on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer,
David Jones. His talent will be much missed; his gifts will be with us
always. My deepest sympathy to [his wife] Jessica and the rest of his family. Adios, to the Manchester Cowboy. Peace and love, Peter T.”

“I am in a state of shock,” band mate Micky Dolenz said
in a statement. “Davy and I grew up together and shared in the
unique success of what became The Monkees phenomena. The time we
worked together and had together is something I’ll never forget. He was
the brother I never had and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart.
The memories have and will last a lifetime. My condolences go out to
his family.”