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.

Gary Coleman - celebs died too young
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"Diff'rent Strokes" actor Gary Coleman had many health issues over his life, including congenital autoimmune kidney disease, heart surgery and two seizures. He died on May 28, 2010, at the age of 42, two days after falling down the stairs at his home, possibly after another seizure.

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