Davy Jones, the lead singer of the 1960s group The Monkees, died of a massive heart attack Wednesday in Florida, his spokeswoman said. The singer – who had been on a solo tour this month – complained of chest pains last evening and was admitted to a hospital this morning in Stuart, Florida.
Jones was born in Manchester, England and started acting as a child. In 1964 he had the misfortune of appearing in the cast of Oliver! on the same episode where the Beatles made their debut.
Jones leaves behind four children and a legacy of infectious pop-rock created with The Monkees from 1965 through 1971. Together, the band released a slew of popular songs and, of course, had their very own eponymous TV show.
Jones rejoined his former bandmates for a 45th anniversary tour, which would end up being his final live performances. He also had a solo music career and spent time acting on other projects, though none were as big or popular as his work with the Monkees.