Davy Jones: singer with the Monkees dies of heart attack

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Monkees lead singer Davy Jones has died at the age of 66 of a heart attack.  Manchester-born star Davy Jones, who lived in Hollywood, Florida, died in hospital from a cardiac arrest.

Davy Jones found fame as the charismatic frontman of the Sixties TV created pop sensation, The Monkees.

Jones, who was best known as the frontman of ‘the world’s first boys band’ put together to star in their own television show, first appeared on TV as Ena Sharples’ grandson in Coronation Street.

He also appeared in Z Cars, prior to training as a jockey – he later returned to acting and eventually landed his iconic role in the American TV series, ‘The Monkees’.  The zany, fun-filled show ran for only two seasons but the TV band produced a cluster of pop classics – including 9 top 40 hits including well known pop classics, ‘I’m A Believer’, ‘Daydream Believer’ and ‘Last Train To Clarksville’.

The band members were notorious for ending up physically brawling with each other at the height of their fame but ended up great friends – the band reunited to play a reunion concert in 2011 to the delight of their loyal fans.

Jones’ publicist, Helen Kensick, said he died near his passion – his horses – with his wife an hour away.

His manager and brother-in-law, Joseph Pacheco, paid tribute, describing him as an “incredible human being”, adding: “All of his family, friends and fans mourn Davy’s loss.  We were fortunate to have such an incredible human being in our lives.  Sadly, his time on Earth was cut far too short and he will be missed tremendously by all who knew him.”

Jones is survived by his third wife Jessica, his four daughters and three grandchildren.