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David Thomas Jones(1945-2012)

Sonja Isger and Jan Tuckwood
Palm Beach Post Staff Writers

Davy Jones, lead singer of the Monkees, has died, the Martin County Medical Examiner's office confirmed this afternoon.

"The district 19 Medical Examiner's Office has been notified of the death of Mr. Davy Jones. We are currently evaluating whether or not the Medical Examiner's Office will take jurisdiction," according to a statement read by spokeswoman Rebecca Shortridge.

"It is quite a shock," said Helen Kensick, Jones' publicist of 50 years.

Kensick said he died of a heart attack this morning in Indiantown, where Jones keeps horses.

In his last conversation with The Palm Beach Post in mid-February, Davy Jones was upbeat, chatting animatedly about his three 2-year-old racehorses and his wife Jessica Pacheco, a flamenco dancer who performed in Stuart on Feb. 23.

The couple was in the middle of remodeling their beachfront condo in Hollywood.

Davy Jones and Jessica Pacheco, shortly after they were married in 2010. (Photo by Jan Tuckwood)

They had just returned from a cruise onboard the Grand Princess, where Jones performed. It was a great family trip, Pacheco said, because Jones' daughter, Jessica, and her son, Phoenix, 8, had joined them.

"David bought his grandson a pirate's hat, and he wore it all over the ship," said Pacheco, who married Jones in August 2009.

They had been traveling so much for the past year, Pacheco said, that coming home to Hollywood "felt like a honeymoon."

Last summer, for their 45th anniversary, the Monkees toured in Great Britain and the United States.

Published in The Palm Beach Post from Mar. 1 to Apr. 1, 2012
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