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Monkees' Davy Jones dies at 66




Davy Jones, the longtime lead singer of TV's The Monkees, died Wednesday morning of a heart attack at age 66, according to TMZ.

"An official from the medical examiner's office for Martin County, Fla., confirmed with TMZ they received a call from Martin Memorial Hospital informing them that Jones had passed away," the site says.

Jones joined The Monkees in 1965, when the TV first aired, but the show and the band enjoyed a second wave of popularity when it was re-aired on MTV beginning in 1986. A 20th anniversary tour that same year allowed the band to reach the new generation of fans with tunes including Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville and I'm a Believer. (The 20th reunion tour played Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall that year; a similar reunion tour played a sold-out show in the venue last year.)

According to TMZ, Davy's last performance was Feb. 19 in Oklahoma. The night before, a performance of his in New York was recorded on Youtube.

In a 2011 interview, Jones talked about his career, his health and his need to resist retirement.

"It used to be 65 when you went into retirement. Before that, when you got into your 50s, you were getting older. Now, we're living longer and we have more and more activities," he told AARP. "I feel good, you know? If you feel good and you're really interested in whatever it is you're doing, age doesn't matter. Life is very interesting, if you want it to be interesting."

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:07pm]


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