Celebrities who died too young

POSTED: 08:16 AM MDT Apr 04, 2012    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MDT May 13, 2016 

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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Friday marks what would have been Ritchie Valens' 75th birthday had the rock 'n' roll pioneer not died at age 17 in the same Feb. 3, 1959, plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. Valens had a recording career that lasted all of eight months before his death, scoring several hits, including "La Bamba" and "Donna."

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