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

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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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