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Tributes pour in for Monkees star Davy Jones

01 MARCH 2012

Tributes have been paid to Monkees lead singer Davy Jones, who died of a heart attack at the age of 66.

The Manchester-born star, who lived in Florida, was taken to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest, but could not be resuscitated.

 

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Davy found fame as the frontman of the Sixties group The Monkees, who had nine top 40 hits including I'm A Believer, Daydream Believer and Last Train To Clarksville.

The star's former bandmate Peter Tork led the tributes: "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 Mike Nesmith said: "So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I don't know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and appreciate your feelings."

 

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He added: "David's spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us. I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels."

Davy, who was best known as the frontman of the manufactured band which was put together for their own TV show, had an early start in showbusiness appearing as Ena Sharples' grandson in Coronation Street.

He also appeared in Z Cars before a short spell training as a jockey. But he came back to acting, playing the Artful Dodger in a stage production of Oliver!

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