Sad news from the world of music and entertainment today as confirmation has arrived that Davy Jones, lead singer of the '60s pop rock group The Monkees has died. He was 66.
A rep for the singer told TMZ.com
that Jones passed away from a massive heart attack this morning in Florida.
At the age of 20, Jones became a member of The Monkees, a group that was formed primarily for a television show of the same name. In the process, the group spawned a number of classic hits, including "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm A Believer" and "Daydream Believer."
Beyond the success of his music and acting career, Jones also took time out for charity work, supporting such causes as children's education and the fight against multiple sclerosis.
"You know the secret to the whole process for me as an entertainer is that it does not have to be dollars and cents at the end of the day, and people have to get over that," he told MSNBC in 2007
. "Entertainment seems so decadent and so outlandish that most entertainers that are not in the in the tabloids live quite a normal life and are involved, whether it be a local golf tournament or whether it be a local charity."
Jones went on to say that education was the key to everything.
"It will benefit you in the future to get an education and read. I gave up reading for many many years and then all of a sudden in the last five or seven years, I have these glasses and all of a sudden I realized the reason I wasn’t reading was because I couldn’t see the books. So don’t wait until it’s too late; it’s never too late to learn.”
Jones is survived by his wife, Jessica, and four daughters from previous marriages.