Thursday, March 4, 2021

Rest in peace Zak Nisson


Ringo with Zak and Harry Nilsson in 1993 in L.A. 

Zak and his Dad, Harry 

I just got word that Zak Nilsson passed away this morning.    Zak was only 50 years old.   His Dad was of course the amazing Harry Nilsson.    Zak was also a musician and he often shared great memories of his Dad.   

Zak very bravely honestly documented his journey with cancer.   Through Facebook, he was honest and upfront about what he was going through and how he felt about it.   It didn't sugar coat it but wanted to let people know what it was really like to have cancer.  He also had fun with some great karaoke.  

I am sure that Zak is now at peace and out of pain.   My love and comfort goes to his wife and family.  


  1. A typo I realize, but you may want to make a correction - "she" should be he in "Zak was also a musician. . . "

  2. Does anyone of you Beatles pros know why Harry Nilsson named his eldest son (with 2nd wife, Diane Clatworthy, 1969-74) Zak Nine Nilsson? I know Harry was good friends with both Zak Starkey's dad Ringo Starr, and drinking buddy John Lennon (as well as Mickey Dolenz, Alice Cooper/Vince Damon Furnier and George Segal [RIP 23 March...]) in the 70s.

    And does anybody have a birthdate for Zak NN? I know it was in 1971, and I know his parents married 31 Dec, 1969. Here above it says he was 50 when he died 4 March. Are you sure he was 50, and not 49...?!? He finally succumbed to colon cancer 4 weeks ago.

    Harry was 52 when he died 15 January 1994, 2 days before the 1994 6.7 Northridge Earthquake, and there were tremors during his burial at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park a few weeks later. People joked that it was Harry who was angry in heaven due to the lack of bars...

  3. I just read he was born in January he was 50.

  4. Wrote a song with Zak and Kenneth, another fellow from Colorado.