December 9 was a tragic day for those close to Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera. The 42-year-old star was among seven people that died after a private plane crashed near Monterrey, Mexico. After investigators found the wreckage, they determined that there were no survivors. The singer, who has sold more than 15 million records during her career, was flying out of Monterrey and was expected to land near Mexico City. Adding to the sadness, Jenni leaves behind five children. Over the years, a number of famous people have died in plane crashes, including several from the world of music. Here are a few other stars that had their lives cut short after a plane crash.
The singer-turned-actress was 22 when she was killed after a plane crash on August 25, 2001. The small plane went down shortly after taking off in the Bahamas, where the star was working on her music video for the song "Rock the Boat." Following the accident, her family settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the airline. In 2002, the star's vampire movie "Queen of the Damned" was released after her death, and a couple of posthumous albums have followed.
The rock pioneer was one of the biggest stars in the world when he died in a plane crash in 1959. Just 22 at the time, Holly's chartered plane went down during a snowstorm shortly after taking off in Iowa. Several others were killed in the crash, including fellow singer Richie Valens. The tragic event became known as "The Day the Music Died," and it was immortalized in Don McLean's classic song "American Pie."
The "Rocky Mountain High" singer died in a 1997 crash at the age of 53. The star forged an impressive career over several decades, winning multiple awards and releasing hundreds of songs. Known for his folksy music and acoustic guitar, John was still going strong at the time of his death. An amateur pilot, he died when his two-seat plane crashed along the California coast. With more than 20 albums released under his name, the star's legacy remains intact.
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