Davy Jones of 1960s band and TV show “The Monkees” has passed away at the age of 66, reports TMZ. The site says a representative from the medical examiner’s office in Martin County, Fla. contacted them with word of his death. A rep for Jones says he died of a heart attack.
Jones, along with Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith, was cast by TV producers in “The Monkees,” in an effort to produce a TV show about a real-life rock band. It ran from 1966 to 1968 on NBC and won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1967.
The band continued after the show was off the air and produced such hits as “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” “Daydream Believer” and of course the theme song for the TV show was also immensely popular. Jones was generally considered the biggest heartthrob of the group, even inspiring a “Brady Bunch” storyline wherein Marcia gets Davy Jones to perform for a school dance.
Jones was born Dec. 30, 1945 in Manchester, England. He got his start in acting at age 16 in the long-running English program “Coronation Street,” but didn’t hit it big in the U.S. until “The Monkees” debuted.
Jones was married three times and is survived by his current wife Jessica Pacheco, and four daughters from his first two marriages, Talia, 43, Sarah, 40, Jessica, 30, and Annabel, 24.
Our condolences to his family and friends.