Since the deaths of legendary teen idols BUDDY HOLLY, RICHIE VALENS and THE BIG BOPPER in a plane crash, fresh-faced popstars seem marked for death. WHO will be the NEXT VICTIM??
“Live fast, die young and leave good looking corpse” was the famous mantra of the teen idol and deservedly so – there was a death curse!
Famously known as “The Day the Music Died”, BUDDY HOLLY, RICHIE VALENS and “THE BIG BOPPER” J.P. Richardson died suddenly in an Iowa cornfield plane crash in Feb. 3, 1959 at the height of their fame.
Country star WAYLON JENNINGS, who lost a coin toss with Richardson for a seat on the death plane spent the rest of his life wracked with guilt and torment over the flaming inferno that claimed his pals’ lives.
Col. Tom Parker, who managed ELVIS PRESLEY during his heyday, immediately ordered, “No more airplane trips for Elvis” in January 1960.
RICKY NELSON, who had 53 songs on the Billboard Top 100 during his career, also died in a plane crash in 1985.
But planes weren’t the only instruments of death.
EDDIE COCHRAN (“Summertime Blues”) and JOHNNY HORTON (“The Battle of New Orleans”) died in car wrecks – their too young lives snuffed out in twisted steel and shattered dreams.
There are those former teen idols that were murdered – Motown legend MARVIN GAYE who was shot to death by his preacher father in 1981 and Beatle JOHN LENNON assassinated by a crazed fan in 1980.
Many fell prey to drugs, dissolution and self-induced death including JANIS JOPLIN, JIM MORRISON, JIMI HENDRIX, KURT COBAIN and AMY WINEHOUSE — all dead at 27.
Even the King, Elvis Presley, fell victim to his own hubris – gone from svelte, sexy hip thruster to bloated, druggy husk that died on the toilet in Graceland.
MICHAEL JACKSON, whose long road to ruin is well documented, went from wunderkind to wasted. On the verge of a comeback tour, Jacko was found dead from a drug overdose of Propofol on June 25, 2009.
These teen pop idols who went from hordes of screaming fans and fortune to the cold embrace of death may serve grim warning to today’s biggest hit makers.
Who will be the NEXT victim? Only time will tell . . .