Bandmates Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork pay tribute to the singer

There has been a 3,000% increase in the number of plays of songs by The Monkees on Spotify following yesterday’s death of singer Davy Jones.

The music streaming site saw the increase from February 28 to 29, after news of the Manchester-born entertainer’s death was announced.

Jones died at his home in Florida, according to his publicist Deborah Robicheau. TMZ today reports that an autopsy was performed and doctors found that Jones died from “an abnormal heart rhythm caused by coronary artery atherosclerosis” or a severe heart attack.

Jones’ bandmate Micky Dolenz released a statement about his friend’s passing, saying: “I am in a state of shock… 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.”

Peter Tork, also of The Monkees released his own statement. He said: “It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones. 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.”