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The Monkees frontman Davy Jones dies at 66

Davy Jones - former lead singer of the 1960s made-for-television band The Monkees - died on Wednesday morning after suffering from a heart attack in his sleep. He was 66.

Davy Jones, 66, wed his third wife, Jessica, 33, two years ago, after a 3-year courtship. Many questioned the 33 year age difference.
The Monkees frontman Davy Jones died of a heart attack, He was 66
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Jones' longtime publicist, Helen Kensick, said the singer died of a heart attack in his Indiantown, Florida home.

According to the Martin County Sheriffs Office, Jones was complaining of chest pains the night before and had suffered a heart attack in his sleep. He was later moved to Martin Memorial South Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Monkees

Jones, born in Manchester, England, became the lead singer of the quartet featured on the NBC series "The Monkees." The show -inspired by the Beatles film "A Hard Day's Night" - ran for two seasons from 1966 to 1968.

While initially not allowed to write music or play their own instruments, the quartet comprised of Jones, Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork -- had several platinum hits, including "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer."

Although The Monkees were later given the freedrom to write music and play their own instruments, Jones left the group in 1970 to launch his solo career. The Monkees eventually debanded in 1971.

MTV was responsible for the resurgence of 'Monkee mania' when the music network began airing old episodes in the mid-1980s, prompting a highly successful reunion tour in 1986 without Mike Nesmith.

Touring off and on through 2001, the band split again until joining forces in 2011 for a 45th anniversary tour.

Davy Jones was currently on a solo tour before his death, with his latest performance being just last week.

Remembering Davy

Former bandmate Michael Nesmith posted on his Facebook page:

"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."

Drummer Micky Dolenz told TMZ, he had 'bad dreams all night long' before learning the news of Davy's death. "Can't believe it...Still in shock...had bad dreams all night long. My love and prayers go out to Davy's girls and family right now."

Bassist Peter Tork's statement read: "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 Jessica and the rest of his family. Adios, to the Manchester Cowboy."

As the news spread to the masses, several celebrities have already expressed their condolences on Twitter.

Singer and songwriter Neil Diamond, who write the band's hit "I'm a Believer", tweeted, "I'm sad to hear about Davy Jones. The Monkees were such a sensation that it was a thrill for me to have them record some of my early songs."

Nancy Sinatra tweeted, "Eternal rest for Davy Jones who leaves a great legacy of music, fun and all the colors of the rainbow".

Will Smith tweeted, "R.I.P. Davy Jones. Retweet for respect."

Jones leaves behind a wife, Jessica, 33, and four daughters Talia Elizabeth, 43, Sarah Lee, 40, Jessica Lillian, 30, and Annabel Charlotte, 23.


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