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With hectic tours to often remote places, the music world has been hit hard by air tragedies over the years. On Sunday, Mexican singing star Jenni Rivera and six others were killed when their Learjet crashed in rugged territory following a concert in Monterrey, Mexico. Here are other notable musicians who lost their lives in air crashes:
_ July 31, 1964: Jim Reeves, a country balladeer known for “Four Walls” and “Welcome to My World,” was killed in the crash of a small plane in Nashville, Tenn.
_ Dec. 10, 1967: Soul singer Otis Redding died when his plane crashed into a lake near Madison, Wis.
_ Sept. 20, 1973: Singer Jim Croce, known for hits such as “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” was killed in a plane crash near Natchitoches, La.
_ March 19, 1982: Randall “Randy” Rhoads, lead guitarist in rock star Ozzy Osbourne’s band, along with two others, were killed when their Beechcraft Bonanza allegedly flew too low while “buzzing” a band van on tour in Leesburg, Fla.
_ Dec. 31, 1985: Rick Nelson, “Ozzie and Harriet” TV star turned rock `n’ roller, died when his plane caught fire and crashed near DeKalb, Texas.
_ March 21, 1987: Dean Paul Martin, former member of the 1960s band Dino, Desi and Billy and son of entertainer of Dean Martin, was killed with his co-pilot. The two, flying an F-4 phantom, were members of the California Air National Guard.
_ Aug. 27, 1990: Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan died when his helicopter crashed into a hill in East Troy, Wis., after departing from a concert.
_ Oct. 25, 1991: Bill Graham, who built an empire promoting concerts as rock `n’ roll turned psychedelic in the 1960s with groups including Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and Santana, was killed in a helicopter crash near Vallejo, Calif.
_ Oct. 12, 1997: John Denver, 1970s superstar with hits like “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” died in the crash of his experimental plane off the California coast.
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