Ritchie Valens was a musician who rose to fame in the late 1950s and is best known for his hit songs “La Bamba” and “Donna.” It is possible that you are thinking of a coin toss that may have taken place in a different context or involving a different person.

How Did Richie Valens Die?

Ritchie Valens, whose real name was Richard Steven Valenzuela, died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, at the age of 17. Valens was a pioneer of Chicano rock and was one of the first Latino Americans to achieve mainstream success in the rock and roll industry. He died along with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson in a crash that became known as “The Day the Music Died.” The plane crashed in a field near Clear Lake, Iowa, while the musicians were on a winter tour of the Midwest. Valens’ brief career and tragic death at such a young age have made him an enduring figure in popular culture.


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