R.I.P. Bobby Vee. Bobby died peacefully surrounded by family earlier today at the age of 73. He retired from entertaining in 2011 after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Bobby’s big break came in 1959, when he was asked to filled in for Buddy Holly after the singer’s death in a plane crash. He was just 15 at the time and had just formed a band 2 weeks earlier. Bobby Vee and the Shadows were signed in autumn of 1959 and “Devil of Angel” became his first Billboard hit in 1960. More hits followed including “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes”, “Come Back When You Grow Up”, “Rubber Ball” and “Please take care Of My Baby”.
Bobby Vee and his wife Karen were married for more than 50 years and had four children. She died of kidney failure in 2015, aged 71. For the year prior to his death, Bobby Vee had been receiving hospice care in a long-term facility in Rogers, Minnesota just outside of Minneapolis.
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