An autopsy on the “Daydream Believer” crooner was conducted at 10:30 a.m. yesterday by Martin County’s Chief Medical Examiner Roger E. Mittleman, reports E! Online. The cause of death was revealed to be ventricular fibrillation due to severe coronary atherosclerosis.
A full toxicology report and official cause of death is still pending, but E! Online notes the following:
“For those not in possession of a medical degree, ventricular fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm caused by a blocking of blood to the heart due to a hardening of the arteries.”
The singer reportedly suffered the heart attack while tending to his horses at a ranch near his Florida home, according to TMZ. The site claims Jones was sitting in his car in distress when a ranch hand found him.
Jones got his showbiz start by acting in the English soap Coronation Street and taking the stage in London and New York productions of Oliver! in the early 1960s. He found worldwide success as a member of pop band The Monkees, who starred in a TV series of the same name from 1965 to 1968.
Since the singer’s death two days ago, the collection The Best Of The Monkees has flown up to #3 on iTunes, while the band’s former three chart-topping singles, “Daydream Believer”, “I’m A Believer” and “Last Train To Clarksville”, are currently at #20, #41 and #71, respectively, on the digital store’s Top Songs roundup.
Billboard noted yesterday that the band’s songs could impact next week’s Digital Songs chart. “It’s too early to forecast what their songs will sell, but it’s expected that its 1967 Hot 100 No. 1 hit ‘Daydream Believer’ will be the act’s biggest single of the week,” wrote the publication’s Keith Caulfield.