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Monkees star dies at 66

Davy Jones, the British-born lead singer of 1960s pop group The Monkees, has died at the age of 66 in America.

Medical officials in Florida have not commented on the cause of death, but a spokesman for the star said he had suffered a heart attack.

The former teen idol had several hits with The Monkees, including Last Train to Clarksville, Daydream Believer and I'm A Believer.

Jones and his cohorts - Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork - sold millions of records after being put together to star in their self-titled TV show between 1966 and 1968.

Micky Dolenz tweeted: "I am in a state of shock and disbelief right now... My heart and prayers go out to Davy's family."

And Mike Nesmith posted a tribute on Facebook saying: "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."

His manager and brother-in-law Joseph Pacheco paid tribute, describing him as an "incredible human being".

The group split in 1971 but Jones, who lived in Hollywood, Florida, got back together with Dolenz and Tork last year to play a series of gigs.

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