Davy Jones, the breakout heartthrob of the Beatles-inspired, made-for-tv band the Monkees, died today in a Florida hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was 66. Jones sang lead vocal on some of the group’s biggest hits, including “Daydream Believer,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” and “Valerie.”
Florida’s Martin County Sheriff’s Department reported that Jones complained Wednesday morning of feeling unwell and of having trouble breathing. The entertainer was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.
“I am in a state of shock,” bandmate Micky Dolenz said in a statement to E! News. “Davy and I grew up together and shared in the unique success of what became the Monkees phenomena. The time we worked together and had together is something I’ll never forget. He was the brother I never had and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart. The memories have and will last a lifetime. My condolences go out to his family.”
The Monkees, the TV show, ran for two crazy seasons, from 1966-68.