LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Davy Jones, a onetime teen heartthrob as a member of the 1960s made-for-television pop band the Monkees, died on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack near his home in Florida, according to his longtime publicist. He was 66.
Jones was stricken while attending to racehorses he kept in Indiantown, Florida, about halfway between the Atlantic coast and Lake Okeechobee, spokeswoman Helen Kensick said. Jones had lived with his third wife, Jessica Pacheco-Jones, in Hollywood, Florida, in recent years, she said.
The three surviving former Monkees — Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith — expressed shock and sadness in individual statements.
“The time we worked together and had together is something I’ll never forget,” Dolenz, 66, said. “He was the brother I never had, and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart. The memories have and will last a lifetime.”