Funeral for Monkees singer Davy Jones will be private

By Daniel S Levine,

The family of the late Monkees singer Davy Jones announced Friday that they will not hold a public memorial for Jones, who suddenly died of a heart attack on Wednesday.

In a statement to the media, publicist Helen Kensick said that the family has decided to keep the memorial private, reports The Palm Beach Post. Kensick added that public memorials are planned in his native England and in New York. The details for the memorials have not been set.

The family is asking that contributions be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which Jones avidly supported after his niece died of the disorder in 1995.

The Associated Press reports that the funeral will be held in Florida, where Jones had been living. Kensick’s statement, which was the first official word on his death from a representative, also noted that he was among friends and family in Florida when he died. He had also enjoyed spending time riding horses up until his passing.

The “Daydream Believer” singer’s death was first reported by TMZ on Wednesday. On Thursday, E! News reported that the autopsy confirmed that Jones died of a severe heart attack. He was just 66-years-old.

The Washington Post reports that Kensick also confirmed that his death was sudden. “There was no sign of illness or of anything being wrong. He died of a massive heart attack while back at the stables with his horses. The medical examiner has confirmed his cause of death,” she said in the statement.



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