Wednesday marks 43 years since Bruce Lee died at age 32. In honor of the martial arts legend, join us in remembering him and other stars who died too young, some at the height of their careers.
Rock 'n' Roll pioneer Buddy Holly died at the age of 22 on Feb. 3, 1959, in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. His successful career lasted less than two years and produced such hits as "That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue," "Everyday," "Maybe Baby" and "It's So Easy." That same plane crash also claimed the lives of Ritchie Valens, 17, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, 28. Valens had a recording career that lasted all of eight months, scoring several hits, including "La Bamba," and Richardson was a former disc jockey best known for his 1958 hit "Chantilly Lace."
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