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.

Sid Vicious
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Warner Bros. Records

Punk rocker Sid Vicious died at age 21 on Feb. 2, 1979, from a heroin overdose. In 1977 he joined the Sex Pistols, the band that initiated the punk movement in the U.K. Vicious was the bass player, and he became known for his charisma and wild antics on and off stage.

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