Davy Jones, Manchester-born lead singer with 60s band The Monkees, has died aged 66, his publicist has confirmed.
He died in his sleep at his home in Florida. His publicist, Deborah Robicheau, said he had a massive heart attack.
The band, who included musicians Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, were famous for hits including Daydream Believer and I'm a Believer.
The Monkees were an American pop band, assembled in 1966.
Jones was married three times and had four daughters.
Early on in his showbusiness career he appeared as Ena Sharples's grandson in ITV soap Coronation Street.
The band found fame through a successful television series, popular in both the US and the UK.
They were famous for their clean-cut image and were marketed as the American answer to The Beatles, notching up nine top 40 hits.
Three of the band's original members - Jones, Dolenz and Tork - reunited together last year to play a series of gigs.
He also appeared in the television series Z Cars before leaving showbusiness to train as a jockey.
He came back to acting with a role in a stage production of Oliver! He appeared in the West End and followed the show to Broadway where he built up a career as an actor and singer before auditioning for The Monkees.
A spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner's Office for Martin County, Florida, said: "The District 19 Medical Examiner's Office has been informed of the death of Mr Davy Jones.
"The Medical Examiner's Office will take jurisdiction and a possible autopsy will be performed and evaluation of the circumstances of death and medical information."
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