INDIANTOWN — The family of former Monkees lead singer Davy Jones is planning a private funeral in Florida for the rocker, who died Wednesday morning from a heart attack, his publicist Helen Kensick said in an email statement on Friday.
A date and a location for the funeral has not been planned, Kensick wrote in an email to Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.
Public services are being planned for New York and England, she wrote in an email.
The family asks that contributions be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the local chapter in honor of Jones' niece, Deborah Jane Wilkinson, who in 1995 died from the disorder, Kensick wrote in an email.
On Friday morning, organizers of the Indiantown Education Coalition remembered Jones' contribution during its annual pancake breakfast held at the local community center, Debbie Banta, community liaison said.
Breakfast organizers displayed T-shirts bearing the image of the 66-year-old pop singer with the sentence "Davy's a believer in the Indiantown Education Coalition," referring to the Monkees hit song "I'm a Believer."
Jones was an avid supporter of the coalition; in the last 8 years, he helped raise more than $250,000 to support scholarships for local students and grants.
"Davy meant so much to us," she said. "His loss has been deeply felt."
The coalition will have a tribute to honor Jones at a later date, Banta said.
Jones soared to stardom in the 1960s as a singer with The Monkees, a made-for-TV rock band patterned after the Beatles.
Jones and The Monkees created hits such as "I'm a Believer" and "Daydream Believer." The TV show was canceled in 1968 and the group parted ways with occasional reunions in the following decades. Jones has said that he and the other Monkees did not keep in touch.
Jones continued acting and made appearances in productions of "Oliver!" and on the TV show "The Brady Bunch." He also continued racing, breeding horses and performing his music across the country and on the Treasure Coast.
An avid horse enthusiast, Jones had been an Indiantown resident since the 1980s. His neighbors could see him working in his yard or taking care of his horses as he did when he aspired to become a jockey during his youth in Manchester, England.
On Wednesday morning Jones complained about not feeling well and having trouble breathing before Martin County Fire Rescue took him to Martin Health Systems in Stuart, where he was pronounced dead, according to a statement from the Martin County Sheriff's Office.