After the news of Davy Jones' death broke Wednesday, his bandmates from The Monkees have come forward with statements about the lead singer's sudden death -- and one former Monkee feels he knew a tragedy was coming.
Micky Dolenz, who continued to tour with Jones in recent years, released the following statement on his Facebook page:
I am in a state of shock; Davy and I grew up together and shared in the unique success of what became The Monkees phenomena. The time we worked together and had together is something I'll never forget. He was the brother I never had and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart. The memories have and will last a lifetime. My condolences go out to his family.
According to TMZ, he added a later statement suggesting he knew something terrible was about to happen. Can't believe it..., he reportedly said. Still in shock...had bad dreams all night long.
Peter Tork also made a public statement via his Facebook page: It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones, Tork reportedly said.
His talent will be much missed; his gifts will be with us always. My deepest sympathy to Jessica and the rest of his family. Adios, to the Manchester Cowboy. Peace and love, Peter T.
Michael Nesmith, aka The Quiet Monkee, posted a lenghty, heady tribute to his friend and former bandmade. Here's an excerpt:
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. But let's not get ahead of ourselves here...While it is jarring, and sometimes seems unjust, or strange, this transition we call dying and death is a constant in the mortal experience that we know almost nothing about. I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a certainty of the continuity of existence.
That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you, Nesmith continued. I will miss him, but I won't abandon him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence.
Jones, who was born in Manchester, England, in 1945, is best known as the frontman of The Monkees, a manufactured musical group created for the purpose of producing a television show around them. The idea for the show was reportedly inspired by The Beatles' film, A Hard Day's Night, and the musical group was packaged as something of an American version of The Beatles, with Jones as the only British member. Dolenz, Tork, and Nesmith are all American.
Though The Monkees television show, which aired on NBC from 1966 to 1968, and the accompanying Columbia Records album release were both successful commercially, the four members of The Monkees were criticized for being studio pawns instead of musicians, and had difficulty establishing artistic credibility.
In 1968, The Monkees appeared as themselves in the psychedelic film, Head -- a meditation on existentialism and free will that offered commentary on the manufactured nature of The Monkees' stardom.
Jones maintained an active Twitter account and has an official Facebook page. Based on recent social media activity and news coverage, it does not appear that Jones was suffering ill health in the weeks or days before he died. Jones performed several concert dates so far in 2012; his next show was scheduled for March 11 in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
A spokesperson for the Medical Examiner's Office in Martin County, Fla., said an autopsy was possible, but did not confirm the nature or schedule of a proposed medical examination.