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.

Aaliyah
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Popular R&B artist Aaliyah died on Aug. 25, 2001, at age 22 in a plane crash in the Bahamas. She was also an actress and a model. At age 10 she performed on the TV show "Star Search," and signed a record deal at age 12.

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