Celebrities who died too young

Published On: Apr 04 2012 09:16:54 AM CDT   Updated On: Feb 03 2015 01:00:00 AM CST

Tuesday marks 56 years since "The Day the Music Died," with rockers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson dying together in a plane crash. In honor of those fallen idols, join us in remembering them and other stars who died too young, some at the height of their careers.

Karen Carpenter - celebs died too young
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Singer and drummer Karen Carpenter, one half of the pop duo group The Carpenters with her brother Richard, died of heart failure on Feb. 4, 1983, at the age of 32 in Downey, California. Carpenter's death, which was related to complications caused by the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, led to increased visibility and awareness of eating disorders.

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