Davy Jones, the frontman and only British member of the ’60s pop band the Monkees, has reportedly died of a heart attack.
The death of Jones — arguably the biggest heartthrob in the group, which was originally formed for the purposes of a TV show but quite successful at cranking out enormously catchy hits — was first reported by TMZ and confirmed by AP. The TMZ story states that both a rep and the medical examiner’s office in Martin County, Fla., confirmed that the singer passed away at the age of 66. (Update: A rep for Jones also responded to an e-mail and confirmed that “very sadly, this is true.”)
Jones — along with Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz — turned “The Monkees” into a popular TV show and parlayed that into top 40 success that lasted well after 1968, the year the series came to an end. The Beatles knock-off band’s well-known tunes included “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” and the theme from “The Monkees.”
The diminutive Brit also made a name for himself in the ‘60s by making a famous guest appearance on an episode of “The Brady Bunch” (yes, Marcia adored him, too) and, later, by appearing with his fellow Monkees in the influentially trippy movie “Head.”
A “Monkees” revival in the 1980s — spurred by reruns of the series that aired on MTV — again made Jones and co. heartthrobs of sorts. Other subsequent reunion tours followed.
Jones’s most recent high-profile appearance occurred at the Television Critics’ Association’s press tour last summer, where he promoted the PBS show “’60s Pop Rock: My Music,” a nostalgic look at the era that he co-hosted.
Jones is survived by his third wife, Jessica Pacheco, and four daughters from his previous marriages.
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