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Davy Jones died of heart attack

An autopsy confirms that Davy Jones, star of 1960s band the Monkees, died of a heart attack.

The medical examiner’s office in Martin County, Fla., says authorities completed their examination Thursday morning, a day after Jones was rushed to the hospital. Toxicology tests could take another six or eight weeks, but there’s no sign anything else is to blame for the 66-year-old heartthrob’s death.

Jones rocketed to stardom in the 1960s as a member of the Monkees, a made-for-TV rock band patterned after the Beatles. Though their television show lasted just two years and the group ultimately broke up, they have endured with such chart-topping hits as “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer.”

A spokeswoman for Jones says funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

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How TV made a heartthrob out of Davy Jones

Before there was MTV, before “American Idol” made overnight stars of people you never heard of, there was “The Monkees,” a band fronted by a diminutive singer named Davy Jones who was so boyishly good looking that teenage girls swooned the first time they ever saw him.

That was at the end of the summer of 1966, when Jones and his three Monkee cohorts, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz, arrived on weekly television, portraying a carbon copy of another band called the Beatles. READ FULL STORY

Celebs tweet reactions to Davy Jones' death

There’s no denying Davy Jones impacted quite a few childhoods, whether you owned his Bubble gum card, or wished Marcia Brady’s cheek was yours. In light of the news of his passing after suffering a heart attack, celebs headed to Twitter to voice their reactions to his sudden death. Read what some had to say after the jump.

@alroker: Davy Jones of the Monkees is dead. He was 66 years old. A little bit of my youth just died

@woodelijah: Listen to “She” and “Daydream Believer”, Davy Jones has passed. Very sad news.

@bravoandy: RIP Davy Jones. Marcia had good taste.

@julianlennon: RIP Davy… You did some Great work! Condolences to The Jones Family x READ FULL STORY

Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, Ringo Starr, and more remember Davy Jones

The sad news that the Monkees singer Davy Jones has died at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack has fans and those in the music industry remembering the star. Jones’ Monkees bandmate Peter Tork has released the following statement on his Facebook fan page, about the late singer: “It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones. His talent will be much missed; his gifts will be with us always. My deepest sympathy to Jessica and the rest of his family. Adios, to the Manchester Cowboy. Peace and love, Peter T.”

Fellow Monkee Micky Dolenz has also released a statement: “I am in a state of shock; 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.”

In a statement to EW, the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr said of Jones’ passing, “God bless Davy. Peace & Love to his family.” (The Monkees and the Beatles were friendly rivals; the Monkees’ “Randy Scouse Git” song was even inspired by a party the Beatles hosted for the “Daydream Believer” band.)

Andy Kim, who sang “Rock Me Gently” and wrote the Archies’ “Sugar, Sugar,” said in a statement about his contemporary Jones: “Everybody loved Davy’s smile, the way he came across, his incredible presence and [he] was a phenomenal ambassador for a band that didn’t really start off a band, but quickly became a force. The girls thought Davy’s sex appeal mirrors Paul McCartney’s was in the Beatles. I wrote ‘Oh My My’ for Davy and Mickey’s joint album after the Monkees broke up and it was an honor to know him.”

Maureen McCormick, whose Marcia Brady famously asked her crush, Jones,  to sing at her high school prom in a classic episode of The Brady Bunch, said in a statement to EW, “Davy was a beautiful soul who spread love and goodness around the world. He filled our lives with happiness, music and joy.  He will live on in our hearts forever. May he rest in peace.”

(Additional reporting by Mandi Bierly)

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