Celebrities who died too young

Published On: Apr 04 2012 09:16:54 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 23 2016 12:46:57 PM CDT

With the death of former A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg at age 45 on Wednesday, take a look at him and other stars who died too young, some at the height of their careers.

Ritchie Valens - celebs died too young
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Rock 'n' roll pioneer Ritchie Valens had a recording career that lasted all of eight months, scoring several hits, including "La Bamba," before dying at age 17 in the same plane crash that claimed Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

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