Davy Jones, the lead singer of the Beatles-inspired made-for-TV pop group the Monkees, died Wednesday. He was 66.
The performer suffered a heart attack in Indiantown, Fla., where he resided, his publicist Helen Kensick tells the Associated Press.
“All of his family, friends and fans mourn Davy’s loss,” says Joseph Pacheco, Jones’s 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.”
The British-born Jones joined Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith in the TV show The Monkees about a pop band by the same name which ran from 1966 to 1968.
After the show was canceled, the group continued in various incarnations for years. The Monkees had several hits including “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville.”
Early Wednesday morning, Jones “began to complain of not feeling well and having trouble breathing,” the Martin County Sheriff’s Office says in a statement.
Paramedics transported him to Martin Health System, where he was pronounced dead.
“At this time there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death,” says the sheriff.
Jones’s family says in a statement: “He passed next to his passions, his horses, and was one hour away from his wife, Jessica Pacheco-Jones.”
Jones is survived by Jessica, three sisters, four daughters and three grandchildren.
Jones’s death was first reported by TMZ.
• Additional reporting by KEVIN O’DONNELL