Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:58:58 GMT
Gone Too Soon: 7 Regional Artists Who Died In Their Prime

Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens (© Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
  • Ritchie Valens (© Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
  • Valentin Elizalde (© ValentinElizaldeVEVO via Youtube,
  • Sergio Vega (© REX Features)
  • Zaida de la Peña (© Zayda y Los Culpables via Myspace)
  • Sergio Gomez (© Marco Ugarte/AP)
  • Selena Quintanilla (© Pam Francis//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
  • Jenni Rivera (© Victoria Will/AP)
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Though Ritchie wasn’t exactly what we’d call a “Regional artist,” his most famous hit did come from deep within Mexico. “La Bamba” turned into a worldwide smash back in 1958. And sadly less than six months after it entered the charts, Valens was gone.

Ritchie has made headlines once again this week, particularly because his death was so similar to Jenni’s. Both of them met their end way too young (Valens was just 17!) and at the hands of a faulty airplane.

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