Former teen heartthrob Davy Jones dies at 66

Davy Jones was a member of made for TV band The Monkees. He died on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack.  His spokeswoman Helen Kensick said he had a heart attack while he was tending to the horses he kept in Indiantown, Florida.  In his final years, he lived with his third wife Jessica Pachecho-Jones in Hollywood, Florida.

Jones was born as David Thomas Jones in Manchester, England in 1945. He began his acting career at the age of 11 with Coronation Street, a television soap opera. Later, he went on to play Artful Dodger successfully in Broadway for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. In 1965, he became a member of The Monkees. It was a pop-rock group that was inspired by The Beatles.

His fellow band members were Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. The group was a huge hit with the teenagers then. He was the only British member of The Monkees.

Some of his famous hits include Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, I’m a Believer, Pleasant Valley Sunday and the Monkees theme song.  The group sold more than 50 million records. They were popular both in the United States and the United Kingdom.

On Wednesday morning he complained of breathing trouble and he was taken to the hospital. Later he was pronounced dead. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. He is survived by his third wife and four daughters from his previous marriages.

Though Jones was popular in the sixties he was not forgotten. In 2008, Yahoo Music named him the Top Teen Idol of all times. Last year Jones, Dolenz and Tork reunited to play. His final release was in 2009.

Reacting to his death, his former fellow band member Michael Nesmith wrote “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” on Jones’ Facebook fan page.

Other Monkee, Dolenz also wrote “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”.

Many from the Television and the Music industry have expressed similar feelings. He will be missed.

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