Davy Jones of The Monkees died this past week of a severe heart attack.
Reportedly, he will be laid to rest in Florida in a private ceremony in the coming days.
It’s also being reported that there will be public ceremonies honoring the late Monkees singer held in New York and England.
Jones, 66, died Wednesday February 29 in Florida, where he had been living. According to The Martin County Medical Examiner, a early Thursday morning autopsy determined he died of an abnormal heart rhythm cause by artery atherosclerosis, reported TMZ .
“Jones died after spending a happy family weekend with his wife, Jessica Pacheco, and her family riding horses,” Jones’s rep, Helen Kensick, said in the statement, reported Washington Post. “There was no sign of illness or of anything being wrong. He died of a massive heart attack while back at the stables with his horses. The medical examiner has confirmed his cause of death.”
Jones is survived by his wife Jessica Pacheco and four daughters from previous marriages.
He’s best known for his role as lead singer in the band The Monkees, which he joined in 1965 when they were put together for a television show with the same name.
Jones along with bandmates Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork are best known for producing hit songs like, “I’m a Believer,” and “Daydream Believer.” Jones sang lead vocals for the group including for hit song “I Wanna Be Free.”
As we’ve previously reported, in 1971 the show went off the air and the group disbanded though Jones reportedly continued on solo and at times was joined by Monkee Micky Dolenz and songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
Last year, Jones participated in The Monkees reunion tour, which was the group’s first tour in a decade following 2001’s Monkeemania. The tour kicked off in May 2011 with performances in United Kingdom, United States and Canada with a second leg of “An Evening With The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour,” planned for Fall 2011.