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Davy Jones of the Monkees Dead at 66

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Posted On 02/29/2012 14:52:48 by The-Monkees

The Monkees lead singer Davy Jones had dies according to the medical examiner's office in Martin County Florida, he was 66.

A spokesman at the medical office confirmed that it had received word of his death.  "A possible autopsy may be performed after evaluation of the circumstances of the death and medical information," the spokesperson said.

Jones' rep confirmed to the Associated Press that he died Wednesday morning of a heart attack in Indiantown, Fla., where he lived. Jones' death was first reported by TMZ.

Born in Manchester, England, Jones rose to stardom as a teen idol on the NBC comedy series, "The Monkees," which ran from 1966 to 1968. The show, which followed a rock group modeled after the Beatles, also starred Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. They were originally banned from playing their own instruments on the show. The Monkees scored several hits, including "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer."

After the show ended, the Monkees started to disband. Jones released a self-titled album in 1971. In the mid-1980s, Jones, Tork, Dolenz and promoter David Fishof got together for a reunion tour. In 1987, Jones, Tork and Dolenz released a new album called "Pool It." To mark the Monkees' 30th anniversary, the group, including Nesmith, put out a new studio album in 1996 titled "Justus."

Jones has been active on the music scene as of late, and was on tour as recently as this year.

Jones is survived by his wife, Jessica.

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