File: David Jones, 24, one of television’s rock group, “The Monkees,” in a new Hollywood marketplace “The Street” in Los Angeles on August 5, 1970, which he originated to help young craftsmen display and sell their products. It’s located on the ground floor of “The Factory,” birthplace during World War II of the Norden bomb sight and now the site of a well know nightclub for the younger set on the second floor. (AP Photo/George Brich)
File: Musician Davy Jones attends the 43rd Annual Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
By Sonja Isger and Jan Tuckwood
Palm Beach Post
West Palm Beach, Fla. —
Davy Jones, lead singer of the Monkees, has died, the Martin County (Fla.) 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.
Details about when and where Jones died have not been confirmed. But early accounts circulating on TMZ indicate he may have suffered a heart attack.
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, Fla.
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.
After the UK leg of the tour, Jones told The Post that he had not been feeling great, but he got a stress test and the doctor told him he "had the heart of a 25-year-old."
"You know how it goes with touring – they don’t pay you to sing, they pay you to travel," he said. "The doctor says my heart’s so good, the door’s open to do any kind of exercise I want."
Jones has raced horses for years, and his favorite exercise at home is swimming in the ocean. He had performed shows in New York over Presidents’ Day weekend.