Celebrities Who Died In Air Crashes

With hectic tours to often remote places, the music world has been hit hard by air tragedies over the years. On Sunday, Mexican singing star Jenni Rivera and six others were killed when their Learjet crashed in rugged territory following a concert in Monterrey, Mexico. Here are other notable musicians who lost their lives in air crashes:
Jenni Rivera (pictured)
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

With hectic tours to often remote places, the music world has been hit hard by air tragedies over the years. On Sunday, Mexican singing star Jenni Rivera and six others were killed when their Learjet crashed in rugged territory following a concert in Monterrey, Mexico. Here are other notable musicians who lost their lives in air crashes:
Nov. 24, 2001
Melanie Thornton
Melanie Thornton, half of the pop duo La Bouche, which had `1990s hits such as "Be My Lover" and "Sweet Dreams," died in an airline crash in Switzerland.

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Nov. 24, 2001
Aug. 25, 2001
Aaliyah
Actress and R&B singer Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas along with eight others. The twin-engine Cessna went down shortly after takeoff.

(credit: Last.FM)

Aug. 25, 2001
Oct. 12, 1997
John Denver
1970s superstar with hits like "Take Me Home, Country Roads," John Denver, died in the crash of his experimental plane off the California coast.

(credit: Last.FM)

Oct. 12, 1997
Oct. 25, 1991
Bill Graham
Bill Graham, who built an empire promoting concerts as rock `n' roll turned psychedelic in the 1960s with groups including Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and Santana, was killed in a helicopter crash near Vallejo.

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Oct. 25, 1991
Aug. 27, 1990
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan died when his helicopter crashed into a hill in East Troy, Wis., after departing from a concert.

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Aug. 27, 1990
March 21, 1987
Dean Paul Martin
Former member of the 1960s band Dino, Desi and Billy and son of entertainer of Dean Martin, Dean Paul Martin was killed along with his co-pilot. The two, flying an F-4 phantom, were members of the California Air National Guard.

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March 21, 1987
Dec. 31, 1985
Rick Nelson
Rick Nelson, "Ozzie and Harriet" TV star turned rock `n' roller, died when his plane caught fire and crashed near DeKalb, Texas.

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Dec. 31, 1985
March 19, 1982
Randall "Randy" Rhoads
Lead guitarist, Randy Rhoads in rock star Ozzy Osbourne's band, along with two others, were killed when their Beechcraft Bonanza allegedly flew too low while "buzzing" a band van on tour in Leesburg, Fla.

(credit: Last.FM)

March 19, 1982
Oct. 21, 1977
Ronnie Van Zant
Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Stevie Gaines of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash in McComb, Miss.

(credit: Last.FM)

Oct. 21, 1977
Oct. 21, 1977
Stevie Gaines
Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Stevie Gaines of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash in McComb, Miss.

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Oct. 21, 1977
Sept. 20, 1973
Jim Croce
Singer Jim Croce, known for hits such as "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," was killed in a plane crash near Natchitoches, La.

(credit: Last.FM)

Sept. 20, 1973
Dec. 10, 1967
Otis Redding
Soul singer Otis Redding died when his plane crashed into a lake near Madison, Wis.

(credit: Last.FM)

Dec. 10, 1967
July 31, 1964
Jim Reeves
Country balladeer known for "Four Walls" and "Welcome to My World," was killed in the crash of a small plane in Nashville, Tenn.

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July 31, 1964
March 5, 1963
Patsy Cline
Country singer Patsy Cline, whose hits included "Crazy" and "She's Got You," and fellow singers Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins died in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn.

(credit: Last.FM)

March 5, 1963
Feb. 3, 1959
Ritchie Valens
Rock stars Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens were killed when their chartered plane crashed near Mason City, Iowa, en route to a show.

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Feb. 3, 1959
Feb. 3, 1959
J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson
Rock stars Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens were killed when their chartered plane crashed near Mason City, Iowa, en route to a show.

(credit: Last.FM)

Feb. 3, 1959
Feb. 3, 1959
Buddy Holly
Rock stars Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens were killed when their chartered plane crashed near Mason City, Iowa, en route to a show.

(credit: Last.FM)

Feb. 3, 1959
June 30, 1954
R.W. Blackwood and Bill Lyles
Gospel singers R.W. Blackwood and Bill Lyles died when the group's private plane crashed in Clanton, Ala.

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June 30, 1954
Dec. 15, 1944
Glenn Miller
The trombonist and leader of a hugely popular dance band, was killed when his plane disappeared between England and Paris while Miller was entertaining troops.

(credit: Last.FM)

Dec. 15, 1944
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