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.

Shannon Hoon - celebs died too young
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Shannon Hoon, the frontman and lead singer of the band Blind Melon, died Oct. 21, 1995, of a cocaine overdose at age 28 in New Orleans.

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