Davy Jones: Fellow Monkees Shocked by Sudden Death

Celebrity News Mar. 1, 2012 AT 3:06PM
Davy Jones: Fellow Monkees Shocked by Sudden Death Credit: GAB Archive/Redferns

No one saw this one coming.

When Davy Jones died in Stuart, Florida Wednesday at age 66, everyone was shocked -- including his surviving bandmates Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith.

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A source close to Tork 70, says the the grieving members of the rock group first created for a TV show are "genuinely shocked" by Jones' fatal heart attack. "They thought he was in good health . . . He was such a larger than life figure."

Indeed, speaking on The Today Show Thursday, Dolenz admitted, "It came as a pretty big shocker – right out of the blue . . .You know, he was the last one that I thought would [go first] . . . the youngest one of us."

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And "Daydream Believer" singer Jones, who is survived by wife Jessica and four daughters from previous marriages, wasn't a tortured artist, Tork himself told USA Today.

"I know Davy was very happy to be a part of all of this. . .He wanted nothing more than to be an entertainer. And to help people enjoy time."

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"Davy Jones was one of the most gifted, talented, musical, soulful, able people I have ever met," Tork added sadly. "That was all there is to it."

As posted at TMZ, an autopsy on Jones' body confirmed that he died of a heart attack at 10:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday.

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