Davy Jones, Manchester-born lead singer with 60s band The Monkees, has died aged 66, his publicist has confirmed.
He died in his sleep at his home in Florida. His publicist, Deborah Robicheau, said he had had a massive heart attack.
Brought together for a US TV series in 1966, Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork hits included Daydream Believer and I’m a Believer.
The Monkees’ TV show was popular in both the US and the UK, and the band had four number one albums in a 13-month period.
They were famous for their clean-cut image and were marketed as the American answer to The Beatles, notching up nine top 40 hits.
The pop icon – married 33-year-old TV presenter Jessica Pacheo, who he met in 2006, in August 2009.
In May 2011, the singer said he was having some of the happiest times he’s ever had in his life with Jessica.
He explained: ‘We have love. We have friendship. She’s also aware of what I’ve done in music, and the fact that I no longer really need to prove anything.’
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