Celebrities who died too young

POSTED: 07:16 AM PDT Apr 04, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 12, 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.

Kurt Cobain
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Kurt Cobain, lead singer and guitarist for Nirvana, committed suicide on April 5, 1994, at age 27. The band's breakthrough came in 1991 when they released the song "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

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