Monkees frontman Davy Jones dead at 66

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 14:18 EDT
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Davy Jones, lead singer of 1960s made-for-TV band The Monkees, died of a heart attack aged 66, the local medical examiner’s office and a report said Wednesday.

The singer, who with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork had hits including “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville,” died of a heart attack, the TMZ celebrity website said, citing a publicist.

“The … medical examiners office has been notified of the death of Mr. Davy Jones,” said the local authority in Martin County, southern Florida, where Jones reportedly lived.

The Beatles-like band initially gained fame through their TV show, with its theme tune “Hey Hey We’re the Monkees.” Other hits included “Daydream Believer” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday.”

The singer died at the Martin Memorial Hospital in Martin County, southern Florida, according to the local CBS television affiliate.

Jones was scheduled to perform with music contemporary David Cassidy, formerly of the Partridge Family, at the Magic City Casino in Miami on April 14th, it reported.

Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and four daughters from previous marriages, TMZ said.

(photo via Flickr user badgreeb RECORDS)

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