Celebrities who died too young

POSTED: 07:16 AM PDT Apr 04, 2012    UPDATED: 04:00 PM PDT Jul 01, 2014 

July 29 marks 40 years since "Mama" Cass Elliot died at age 32. In honor of The Mamas & the Papas' singer, join us in remembering her and other stars who died too young, some at the height of their careers.

Ritchie Valens - celebs died too young
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Rock 'n' roll pioneer Ritchie Valens had a recording career that lasted all of eight months, scoring several hits, including "La Bamba," before dying at age 17 in the same plane crash that claimed Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

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