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Dec. 10, 1967: Soul singer Otis Redding died (Credit: AP, 1967)

Dec. 10, 1967: Soul singer Otis Redding died when his plane crashed into a lake near Madison, Wis.

Musicians killed in plane crashes

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. --THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Dec. 9, 2012: Mexican-American grupero singer Jenni Rivera
(Credit: AP)

Dec. 9, 2012: Mexican-American grupero singer Jenni Rivera was at the peak of her career when an airplane crash in northern Mexico also killed six friends and co-workers. (Nov. 11, 2010)

Two members of jazz musician Chuck Mangione's band,
(Credit: AP, 2009)

Two members of jazz musician Chuck Mangione's band, Gerry Niewood, far left, and Coleman Mellett, far right, were killed in a commuter plane crash outside Buffalo, NY, along with 48 others. (Feb. 12, 2009)

Aug. 25, 2001: Actress and R&B singer Aaliyah
(Credit: AP, 2001)

Aug. 25, 2001: Actress and R&B singer Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas along with eight others. The twin-engine Cessna went down shortly after takeoff.

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Oct. 12, 1997: John Denver, 1970s superstar with
(Credit: AP, 1979)

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.

Aug. 27, 1990: Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan
(Credit: AP, 1986)

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.

March 21, 1987: Dean Paul Martin, former member
(Credit: AP, 1980)

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. He married figure skater Dorothy Hamill, left, in 1982.

Dec. 31, 1985: Rick Nelson,
(Credit: AP, 1958)

Dec. 31, 1985: Rick Nelson, "Ozzie and Harriet" TV star turned rock and roller, died when his plane caught fire and crashed near DeKalb, Texas.

March 19, 1982: Randall
(Credit: AP, 2004)

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.

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Oct. 21, 1977: Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant
(Credit: AP, 1977)

Oct. 21, 1977: Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Stevie Gaines of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash in McComb, Miss.

Sept. 20, 1973: Singer Jim Croce, known for
(Credit: AP, 1973)

Sept. 20, 1973: Singer Jim Croce, known for hits such as "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," was killed in a plane crash near Natchitoches, La.

Dec. 10, 1967: Soul singer Otis Redding died
(Credit: AP, 1967)

Dec. 10, 1967: Soul singer Otis Redding died when his plane crashed into a lake near Madison, Wis.

July 31, 1964: Jim Reeves, a country balladeer
(Credit: AP, 1958)

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.

March 5, 1963: Country singer Patsy Cline, whose
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March 5, 1963: 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.

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Feb. 3, 1959: Rock stars Buddy Holly, J.P.
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Feb. 3, 1959: Rock stars Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens were killed when their chartered plane crashed near Mason City, Iowa, en route to a show.

Dec. 15, 1944: Glenn Miller/, the trombonist and
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Dec. 15, 1944: Glenn Miller/, the trombonist and leader of a hugely popular dance band, was killed when his plane disappeared between England and Paris while Miller was entertaining troops.

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