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.

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Rockabilly Hall of Fame

More than a decade after suriving the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran, fellow rockabilly pioneer Gene Vincent, best remembered for his 1956 top 10 hit "Be-Bop-A-Lula," died at the age of 36 on Oct. 12, 1971, from a ruptured stomach ulcer while visiting his father in California.

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