On February 29th, 2012, Davy Jones, the idolized and adored member of the Monkees, died. His cardiac failure came completely out of the blue when he was just 66 years old.
Now, REEL’s new docuseries looks back at the musician’s life in the spotlight during the 1960s, and the possible causes behind his sudden death.
“From what I understand, some of the other band members saw him short of breath and expressed concern,” says Monkees’ biographer Eric Lefcowitz in the show. “But he brushed it off and said, ‘Don’t worry about me, mate.’”
“Davy was always charismatic, and charming, and funny. If he was having any symptoms that were leading up to his heart attack, I wouldn’t have known,” says friend and band member Eric Biondo. “If there was something going on, he would just barrel through. Nothing would let the show falter.”
In the series, Dr. Michael Hunter investigates Jones’s mysterious health decline.
“According to reports, despite the warnings, Davy was not worried about his heart,” he says.
Weeks before the start of the Monkees tour, in the Spring of 2011, Jones visited a cardiologist to make sure he was healthy enough to perform.
“Davy was told that he had the heart of a 25-year-old,” says Lefcowitz. “And I guess any man who’s getting older, who hears that he’s got the heart of a 25-year-old, is not gonna take any precautions with his life.”
Dr. Hunter says medical record show that 10 months prior to Jones’s death, his heart was working just fine. So, what caused his fatal heart attack?
Autopsy: Davy Jones airs Sunday, July 28 at 9ET/ PT on REELZ.