BREAKING: Legendary Pop/Rock Star DEAD, His Family Needs Our Prayers…

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Another legend has passed on. 1960s pop star Bobby Vee, whose hits included “Take Good Care of My Baby,” has died at the age of 73 of advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

Vee, born Robert Velline in Fargo, North Dakota  on April 30, 1943.

Vee’s career began amid tragedy. On February 3, 1959, “The Day the Music Died”, three of the four headline acts in the lineup of the traveling Winter Dance Party—Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper—were killed, along with the 21-year-old pilot, Roger Peterson, in the crash of a V-tailed 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza airplane (Dion DiMucci, the second headliner, opted not to travel on the plane). It crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa, en route to the next show on the tour itinerary in Moorhead, Minnesota. Velline, then aged 15, and a hastily assembled band of Fargo schoolboys calling themselves the Shadows volunteered for and were given the unenviable job of filling in for Holly and his band at the Moorhead engagement. Their performance there was a success, setting in motion a chain of events that led to Vee’s career as a popular singer.

I’m sure many of you remember that horrible day.

According to Billboard magazine, he had 38 Hot 100 chart hits, 10 of which hit the Top 20.

Vee kept recording into the 2000s, and maintained a steady touring schedule. But he began having trouble remembering lyrics during performances, and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. He performed his last show that year, billed only as his retirement, during an annual community fundraiser that his family holds near their home in St. Joseph, Minnesota, about 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis. But he didn’t announce his diagnosis until a year later on his website.

In a 2013 interview with The Associated Press, Vee said he knew his abilities were diminishing and he didn’t want to put his family through a public decline.

“It’s not getting any better, I can tell you that,” Vee said. “But I’m doing the best I can.”

Vee and his wife, Karen Bergen, were married for more than 50 years. She died of kidney failure in 2015 at age 71. The couple had four children, including sons who performed with Vee.

Family members said Vee’s memory wasn’t affected so much by Alzheimer’s as his speech. During the AP interview in 2013, he answered questions but would become tongue-tied searching for the right word. Vee tried unconventional methods to alleviate his Alzheimer’s symptoms, from chiropractor visits to acupuncture, and also renewed his passion for painting.

And while he sometimes wished he could do the things that once came easily, Vee said he was “not going to cry about it.”

“God brought me home,” he said. “And that’s the deal.”

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Rest in Peace and thanks for the memories brother…

Sources:

FOX

WIKIPEDIA

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