According to Reuters, Davy Jones' immediate family, including his wife and daughters, attended a small, private funeral for the Monkees singer Wednesday near his hometown in Florida.
"Some of you may or may not know that on Wednesday last week I lost my Father," Jones' daughter Annabel wrote on her Facebooktonight. "My family and I have been overwhelmed by the love and support of everyone who has reached out to tell us that we're not alone."
"Thank you for helping to make me feel less lost and bottomless, knowing you are all dotted around the Earth makes life less frightening and like if we all reached out we could hold hands and make a chain all the way around the planet.
"Dad and I connected mostly over music, songwriting and performance, that's where we understood each other. The hours I spent sitting amongst you all watching him perform are honestly some of my most precious and treasured moments. Everything was so simple while he was up there, I felt proud and close and I understood him there, as I know you all did."
Annabel also mentioned an event taking place this Saturday called Occupy Beavertown, Pa., which invites friends and fans to a memorial for her father at "the Church that he built for ALL of us."
Davy Jones will be cremated and his funeral will take place this week, a rep for the late Monkees singer confirmed to E! News.
The family is not publicizing the time and date of their private memorial in Florida, however. Some reports have indicated it could take place as early as today.
The service will only be attended by close family and friends. And that will not include the surviving members of the popular '60s pop band -- Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Mike Nesmith -- who said that they wanted to avoid a media frenzy so Jones' nearest and dearest could pay their respects in peace.
Jones' three bandmates will be attending the public memorials in the works for New York City and Manchester, England, where the TV heartthrob was born and grew up. Speaking to Billboard, Dolenz said he, Tork and Nesmith may even reunite to perform at one or both events to celebrate the life of their friend. The dates for those memorials have not been announced yet.
We're really trying not to let death and despair be the jumping off point every week, but it's hard to get around the fact that when Davy Jones died this week it was a big story.
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Following the passing of Monkees’ star Davy Jones this week, a tape of one of his final recordings has surfaced.
TMZ uncovered this short clip of a lullaby-like song, recorded several months ago by the singer-songwriter. The piece is from a children’s television show called “Shushybye” which premieres in May on BabyFirst TV, a DirecTV network.
The song offers a simple anecdote about the world of dreamland, as the late English musician sings in his classically soothing voice, “Here's my wish, my wish for what I want my dream to be. The star will bring you to the dreamery. Just for me, just for me."
“Shushybye” is a new television show, set in the world of the clouds, where residents of the celestial town make dreams and store them in boxes.
Show creator and songwriter Steve Syatt tweeted about Jones’ passing, “Deeply saddened by the loss of Davy Jones at too young an age. He sang a Shushybye song and I had a memorable recording session with him.”
News of Jones’ death broke earlier this week, with a Florida medical examiner’s office confirming the cause to be a heart attack. Known mostly for his role in The Monkees and their chart-topping hits like “Daydream Believer,” the singer was 66 at his passing.
Just as fans were left reeling from the news of the sudden death of actor-singer Davy Jones on Wednesday, so too was his longtime friend and bandmate Micky Dolenz.
On Thursday morning, the fellow member of The Monkees visited TODAY to discuss the loss and to look back at Jones' life.
"It came as a pretty big shocker – right out of the blue," Dolenz told host Ann Curry. "You know, he was the last one that I thought would (go first)… the youngest one of (The Monkees). … I suspect a little bit might have been genetics. I think both of his parents passed pretty early on."
But despite those early losses, Dolenz always thought of Jones as a happy guy that looked on the bright side of life.
"He was always the go-to guy for fun and a laugh," the singer explained. "He was a jokester and always was. We hung out a lot together. I remember very clearly. We had similar backgrounds…. Even in the earlier auditions I remember we kind of connected because I'd been in show business as a kid. He'd been on stage doing 'Oliver!' So we had that kind of connection in common, so immediately we just kind of hit it off and stayed very good friends."
It all started with The Monkees, a show and a band that Dolenz considers a bit of magic.
"It was that serendipitous sort of thing – catching lightning in a bottle," he said. "I don't think … there's no formula. But you get lucky and certain people get together and that chemistry happens. It's like a little bit of magic. And it did certainly happen with us."
But oddly enough, now that Jones is gone, the memories of the man that have surfaced most for Dolenz have nothing to do with the show or the music. They're just random, happy images of his friend.
"I keep going back to just watching him play soccer -- kicking around a soccer ball," he recalled. "We used to have a private plane on tour, and we would land at a private airport where we were going to go play a gig. For some reason images come back to me of him and a bunch of other guys running around the grass around the plane, kicking a soccer ball. That's one (memory) that comes to mind, or hanging out swimming in the pool or something like that."
Most of all, he just remembers Jones as a great guy, great father and true friend.
"Ultimately, we all became pretty good friends, and he and I probably the best of friends.," he said.
Singer Davy Jones of The Monkees has died of a heart attack at 66, the medical examiner's office in Martin County, Fla., has confirmed to NBC News.
A statement issued by the medical examiner's office says that Jones complained Wednesday morning that he wasn't feeling well and was having trouble breathing. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No suspicious circumstances surrounded his death, and his family has been notified. He is survived by his wife, Jessica, and four daughters.
Jones was most famous for his role in the pop group The Monkees, which was put together in 1965 for the TV show of the same name. With such hits as "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," and "Pleasant Valley Sunday," and the "Monkees" theme song, the group sold more than 50 million records.
In 2008, Yahoo Music named Jones the top teen idol of all time.
After "The Monkees" disbanded in 1971, Jones sang solo as well as with various reincarnations of the group.
He also acted on stage and screen, with his most famous TV appearance as himself on "The Brady Bunch," in an episode where Marcia Brady was the president of his fan club and tried to get the singer to appear at her school dance. He also starred in "Oliver!" on Broadway.
As recently as June of 2011, Jones told The Palm Beach Post that after a routine stress test, a doctor said he had the heart of a 25-year-old. "The doctor says my heart's so good, the door's open to do any kind of exercise I want," he told the paper.
On Jones' Facebook page, fellow Monkees weighed in. "David's spirit and soul live well in my heart," wrote Michael Nesmith, "Among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times."
And Micky Dolenz wrote, "Can't believe it ... still in shock ... had bad dreams all night long. My love and prayers go out to Davy's girls and family right now."
Last summer, Al Roker of TODAY interviewed Jones and fellow bandmates Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz as the band, minus Michael Nesmith, prepared to tour. That tour was later canceled due to internal conflict.
In that interview, Jones joked to Roker "(Fans) used to throw their little briefs and things like that, and now they're throwing Depends."
Jones also poked fun at himself in a way that now seems tragic. "He used to be a heartthrob," joked bandmate Peter Tork in the interview. "And now I'm a coronary," said Jones with a laugh.
Upon hearing of Jones' death, Roker tweeted, "A little bit of my youth just died." The TODAY anchor had joined Jones, Tork and Nesmith to perform "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer."
Other musicians and fans also took to Twitter to mourn Jones. "Damn, Davy Jones is gone," wrote Questlove of The Roots. "I loved The Monkees."