Davy Jones, one of the four members of the much-loved 1960s pre-fab pop group The Monkees, died from a heart attack in a hospital in Martin County, Florida this morning, TMZ has reported.
Jones, 66, was the British Monkee in an otherwise all-American band whose other members included Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork. The band was put together for the NBC TV show The Monkees, by Bob Rafaelson and Bob Schneider, with music supervision by behind the scenes music mahoff Don Kirschner.
The meta-music series ran from 1966 to 1968, and the band scored several hits that have stood the test of time including the John Stewart-penned "Daydream Believer" and "I Wanna Be Free," both of which featured Jones, the band's principal heartthrob, on lead vocals.
Jones was born in Manchester, England and was a child actor starring in London and New York productions of Coronation Street and Oliver! before he became a pop star. Since the 1980s, he's owned a home in Beavertown, Pa. in Snyder County and in 2009 he was featured as one of Daily News columnist Jenice Armstrong's Sexy Singles.
Later that year, he married Telemundo star Jessica Pacheco, who he is survived by, along with four daughters from previous marriages. Jones performed at B.B. King's Bues Club in New York on February 18 and made his final appearance in Oklahoma the next night.