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'Hey, Hey We're the Monkees' Davy Jones has died

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
February 29th, 2012
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He was the mop-topped Brit who sang the lead to all of the Monkees' greatest hits, such as "Daydream Believer," Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Last Train to Clarksville." Singer Davy Jones has died, from a heart attack at the age of 66.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Jones' death was confirmed by the medical examiner's office in Martin County, Fla., has confirmed to NBC News.

"The only thing we can do is confirm that he has died of a heart attack at Indiantown, Florida this morning," his rep Helen Kensick told television reporters. "We will have more later."

"The District 19 Medical Examiner's office has been notified of the death of Mr. Davy Jones," spokeswoman Rebecca Shortridge said. "We are currently evaluating whether or not the medical examiner's office will take jurisdiction."

Named in 2008 by Yahoo Music as the top teen idol of all time, Jones rocketed to fame as the member of the Monkees TV show. As a popular TV show and touring rock band, the Monkees sold more than 50 million records.

Although the group officially disbanded in 1971, Jones sang solo as well as with various reincarnations of the group. He enjoyed particular longevity as a popular singer in Japan, releasing his final album in 2009.

Jones also acted on stage and screen, with his most famous TV appearance as himself on "The Brady Bunch," in an episode where Marcia Brady was the president of his fan club and tried to get the singer to appear at her school dance. He also played Fagin in "Oliver!" on Broadway. He recently played himself on an episode of "SpongeBob Square Pants."

The Monkees originally planned to tour last summer, with members Jones, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz as the band, minus Michael Nesmith - who has since divested himself from the group. The tour was later canceled due to internal conflict.

Jones performed in Oklahoma earlier this month. A native of Manchester, England, is survived by his wife, Jessica, and four daughters from previous marriages.

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