Singer Davy Jones of the Monkees has died, NBC News reports. The medical examiner’s office in Martin County, Fla., confirmed that the former teen heartthrob died of a heart attack. He was 66.
The British-born Jones was named the top teen idol of all time by Yahoo Music in 2008.
Jones was one of the four original members of the Monkees, along with Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith. The group was put together in 1965 to star in the TV show “The Monkees,” which became a huge success for NBC.
The group went on to sell more than 50 million records, with hits including “I’m a Believer,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “Daydream Believer.”
After the Monkees broke up in 1971, Jones had a solo career and participated in a series of Monkees reunion tours over the years.
The story notes: “He also acted on stage and screen, with his most famous TV appearance as himself on ‘The Brady Bunch,’ in an episode where Marcia Brady was the president of his fan club and tried to get the singer to appear at her school dance. He also played Fagin in ‘Oliver!’ on Broadway.”
He also recently played himself in an episode of “SpongeBob SquarePants.”