Davy Jones’ Good-Humored Last Days: ‘I Used to Be a Heartthrob, Now I’m a Coronary’
It's all those other stars who died from monkeying around, succumbing to the temptations associated with fame. Not Davy Jones, who seemed to be the picture of good habits and health — if not the portrait of Dorian Gray — before he died of a heart attack at 66 Wednesday morning in Florida.
"You know I used to be a heartthrob and now I'm a coronary," Jones said in an interview last August with the Broadway World website, surely little realizing that his quip might actually serve as a witty, spooky epitaph.
Jones reportedly passed away in his parked car after visiting his horses at a ranch near his oceanside home in Indiantown, Florida. Earlier, he'd told ranch hands he was having difficulty breathing. The previous night, he had gone to a nearby hospital complaining of chest pains, according to reports.
But before Tuesday night, there were few indications, at least publicly, that Jones was anything but the overgrown moptop who put a cheerful frontman's face on repeated Monkees reunions — the last of which came to a halt last summer under still-mysterious circumstances.
Jones' last gig was a solo appearance Feb. 19 at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma where, from all appearances, he'd been his usual chipper self. In January, he'd spent a week at sea as part of an oldies-themed cruise, performing along with Paul Revere & the Raiders and the Buckinghams. "Had a WONDERFUL time," he tweeted upon returning to shore Jan. 28. He had further dates lined up through the rest of the year, with a plan to return to the road March 11 in Wisconsin.
Family photos --and the occasional horse pic -- consumed more of his blog as of late than the need to provide Monkees fans with any band status updates. One of his final posts was a December photo of his fourth grandchild, Lauren. Twice divorced, he had four daughters, ranging in age from 23 to 43, at least some of whom shared his love for all things equestrian. He exchanged vows again, with third wife Jessica, in Miami on August 30, 2009.
His last solo release was "Let Them Be Little," an EP he released as a limited edition CD through his store at davyjones.net. Besides the title track, which belied his status as a proud family man, the disc included a new version of "Daydream Believer" as well as an "Oliver Medley" -- recalling the early '60s, when Jones was up for a Tony for playing the Artful Dodger on Broadway in his pre-Monkees days.