Celebrities who died too young

Published On: Apr 04 2012 09:16:54 AM CDT   Updated On: May 13 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

Friday marks what would have been Ritchie Valens' 75th birthday had the rock icon not died at age 17 in the same 1959 plane crash that claimed Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. In his honor, take a look at Valens and other stars who died too young.

Gram Parsons - celebs died too young
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Country singer-songwriter Gram Parsons, who also recorded with The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died of a drug overdose on Sept. 19, 1973, in a hotel room in Joshua Tree, California, at the age of 26. Seeking to fulfill Parson's wish to be cremated and spread over Joshua Tree National Monument, close friend Phil Kaufman later stole Parson's body from the Los Angeles International Airport with the help of a friend and set his remains on fire in the park. Since there was no law against stealing a dead body, the pair were only fined $750 for stealing the coffin.

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