Davy Jones of the Monkees Dies of a Heart Attack at Age 66
Davy Jones, one fourth of the most famous made for TV rock and roll band ever, the Monkees, has died today (Feb. 29) of a heart attack. The Martin County, Fla. medical examiner’s office confirmed the story to ABC News, saying they “are currently evaluating whether or not the medical examiners office will take jurisdiction.”
The Monkees were formed to star in their own music-based television series, which began in 1966 and ran until 1968. However, they continued recording and touring steadily for a couple of years after the show was cancelled, and then regrouped (with varying lineups) for a series of reunion albums and tours over the following decades.
Jones sang lead on several of the band’s hits including ‘Valleri’ and the 1968 No. 1 ‘Daydream Believer,’ and was always cast as the “heart throb” of the band. He was born in England in 1945 and before becoming a singer and actor was actually a jockey. The Monkees last reunited in the summer of 2011 for an ill-fated tour that was abruptly cancelled with a handful of dates remaining.
Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and four children, all from previous marriages.