Singer Jenni Rivera, seen performing during the 11th annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Nov. 11, 2010, died Dec. 10, 2012, when her Learjet crashed in rugged territory following a concert in Monterrey, Mexico. She is the latest in a long string of musicians who have lost their lives in air crashes.
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Melanie Thornton, half of the pop duo La Bouche, which had `90s hits such as "Be My Lover" and "Sweet Dreams," died in an airline crash in Switzerland on Nov. 24, 2001.
Singer Aaliyah arrives at the "Planet of the Apes" premiere on July 23, 2001 in New York. The singer, who also did some acting, was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas along with eight others. The twin-engine Cessna went down shortly after takeoff on Aug. 25, 2001.
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John Denver, seen on the cover of his Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits album, died in the crash of his experimental plane off the California coast on Oct. 12, 1997. A 1970s superstar, Denver had hits like "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Rocky Mountain High."
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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 on Aug. 27, 1990.
Rick Nelson, left, with his family in a 1960-61 promotion photo for "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." Nelson died Dec. 31, 1985, when his plane caught fire and crashed near DeKalb, Texas.
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Ronnie Van Zant
Judy Van Zant, widow of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant speaks as other members of Lynyrd Skynyrd listen during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York, March 13, 2006. Van Zant and guitarist Stevie Gaines, also of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died in a plane crash in McComb, Miss., on Oct. 21, 1977.
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Singer Jim Croce, known for hits such as "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," was killed in a plane crash near Natchitoches, La., on Sept. 20, 1973.
Usher Raymond and Zelma Redding, Otis Redding's widow, launch the U-Cast Podcast series July 25, 2008, at Tiffany & Co. in Atlanta, Ga. Dec. 10, 1967. Soul singer Otis Redding died when his plane crashed into a lake near Madison, Wis., on Dec. 10, 1967.
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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., on March 5, 1963.
Rock star Buddy Holly was killed Feb. 3, 1959, when the chartered plane that he and other musicians were riding in crashed near Mason City, Iowa, en route to a show. Also killed in that crash were J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens.
Trombonist Glenn Miller, the leader of a hugely popular dance band, was killed when his plane disappeared between England and Paris on Dec. 15, 1944, while Miller was entertaining troops.