Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees, dead at 66

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Davy Jones

Davy Jones

Davy Jones, lead singer of the made-for-TV 1960s rock group The Monkees, died from a heart attack Wednesday morning in Indiantown, Florida. He was 66.

An official from the Martin County, Florida medical examiner’s office said that Martin Memorial Hospital had called to advise that Jones had died. Although the office will investigate Jones’ death, it said in a statement that “there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances” surrounding it.

Jones was a voice actor in two Filmation Associates theatrical feature films, portraying Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island (1972) and The Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist (1974). Jones had played the Artful Dodger in a Broadway production of the musical Oliver! in the early 1960s, and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance.

Sometimes, Jones used voice roles in animation to capitalize on his success in TV’s The Monkees series. He portrayed himself in The Haunted Horseman Of Hagglethorn Hall, a 1972 episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies. In it, the Scooby-Doo Sleuths must prove that the ghostly horseman who haunts Hagglethorn Castle is a phony so that Jones’ uncle won’t have to forfeit the Scottish fortress, once a thriving tourist spot, to his avaricious cousin, The Duke Of Strathmore. In this Monkee-type romp with Velma, Daphne, and a froglike moat monster, Jones sang “I Can Make You Happy.”

He also voiced Davy Jones’ Locker on the direct-to-video SpongeBob SquarePants episode SpongeBob Vs. The Big One, Part 1. Initially released as a DVD, this aired as a TV special on April 17, 2009 on Nickelodeon.

Jones portrayed himself in the 2000 Hey Arnold! episodes Gerald’s Game and Fishing Trip.

Last June, he voiced Nigel in the Phineas and Ferb episode Meatloaf Surprise, joining Peter Noone from Herman’s Hermits in a special guest appearances as members of the group Tiny Cowboy.

He was born David Lawrence Jones in Manchester, England on December 30, 1945. He, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork formed The Monkees in 1965. At first, the group was cast by TV producers who wanted to make a scripted series about an real rock ‘n’ roll band. The Monkees turned out a series of hit tunes, including “Daydream Believer, “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer.”

“He passed next to his passions, his horses, and was one hour away from his wife, Jessica Pacheco-Jones,” his representative said in a statement.

“All of his family, friends and fans mourn Davy’s loss,” said Joseph Pacheco, Jones’ manager and brother-in-law. “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.”

“Can’t believe it…Still in shock…had bad dreams all night long,” Dolenz wrote on Facebook. “My love and prayers go out to Davy’s girls and family right now…”

“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, that were created for so many, including us,” Nesmith wrote in a lengthy tribute. “I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.”

“It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones,” wrote Tork.”His talent will be much missed; his gifts will be with us always. My deepest sympathy to Jessica and the rest of his family. Adios, to the Manchester Cowboy.”

He had four daughters — two from each of his previous marriages, which ended in divorce. He was married to Linda Haines from 1968 to 1975, and Anita Pollinger from 1981 to 1996.

Davy Jones is survived by his wife since 2009, Jessica, and daughters Anabel, Talia, Sarah and Jessica.

[Via TMZ -- www.starpulse.com/news/TMZ/2012/02/29/monkees_singer_davy_jones_dead_at_66, ABC News -- news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/monkees-singer-davy-jones-dies-180751406--abc-news.html]

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