“Monkees” Lead Singer Davy Jones Dead In Florida
STUART, Fla. (CBSMiami) – Davy Jones, singer for the 60’s supergroup The Monkees, died Wednesday morning at Martin Memorial Hospital in Martin County, Florida.
The Martin County Sheriff’s office said it received a call from someone asking them to come to an address on Fox Road in Indiantown, Florida, after Jones complained “that he was not well and having trouble breathing,” according to a statement by spokesperson Rhonda Irons.
“At this time there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death,” Irons said.
Rescue calls responded, and took Jones to Martin Memorial South Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the medical examiner’s office.
“The District 19 Medical Examiners office has been notified of the death of Mr. Davy Jones,” the office said in a prepared statement. ” We are currently evaluating whether or not the medical examiners office will take jurisdiction.”
No official cause of death was given, but a Jones representative said he died of a heart attack.
Jones is survived by his wife Jessica Pacheco and 4 daughters from previous marriages. He was 66 years old.
Jones joined the Monkees in 1965, with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, and had a string of hits including “Daydream Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville”, as well as a hit TV series.
Jones was scheduled to perform with David Cassidy, formerly of the Partridge Family, at the Magic City Casino in Miami on April 14th.
The Monkees was formed specifically to perform in the television show, which ran through 1968. In the beginning, the members of the group were only allowed to sing, although they held instruments on the show and in numerous concert performances.
Eventually, the Monkees were allowed to play, but when the TV show went off the air, the band broke up after a few years.
Dolenz and others joined Jones in a short-lived group, and Jones entered a solo career. Jones worked off and on as an actor, making appearances in TV shows, sometimes appearing as himself.
In December, 2008, Yahoo Music names Jones the #1 teen idol of all time.
While Jones lived in the small town of Beavertown, Pennsylvania, he also kept a home in Indiantown, where he kept horses, and had a condo in Hollywood which he was in the process of renovating