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.

Chris Farley
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Popular comedian and actor Chris Farley was known for his skits on "Saturday Night Live," as well as his film roles, especially "Tommy Boy." He died from a drug overdose at age 33 on Dec. 18, 1997.

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