Celebrity Autopsy Reports
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  • Williams, Darrent: (September 27, 1982 - January 1, 2007) Darrent Williams was a talented and rising star who played cornerback for the Denver Broncos in the National Football League. Williams was drafted by the Broncos in the second round of the 2005 draft. He played his collegiate career at Oklahoma State University. At the time of his death, he had just finished his second year. Early in the morning on New Year's Day, he and two other people were sitting in his car, when they were victims of a drive-by shooting.  Another vehicle pulled up along side of William's cars and fired shots. One shot hit Williams in the neck killing him instantly. Williams had been attending a New Year's Eve party and birthday party for NBA star, Kenyon Martin, at "The Shelter" nightclub locate in Denver, Colorado.  On March 10 2010, Willie Clark, a Crips gang member, was found guilty and sentenced for William's murder.

  • Valenzuela, Richard: (May 13, 1941 - February 3, 1959) Richard Steven Valenzuela, known to his fans as, Ritchie Valens, was a talented young singer and songwriter that pioneered the Spanish-speaking rock and roll movement. Ritchie was born in the San Fernando Valley in California. Ritchie began his music career with a local band, The Silhouettes, and eventually became the lead singer of the group. On May 27, 1958, Ritchie signed a contract with Del-Fi Records after one audition with it's owner and president, Bob Keane. Ritchie produced great hits such as Donna, Come On, Let's Go, and La Bamba.  On the morning of February 3, 1959, Ritchie, along with The Big Bopper, JP Richardson; and Buddy Holly perished in an airplane crash as it was taking off from the Mason City, Iowa airport. The plane took off in a blinding snowstorm with the light plane crashing shortly after lifting off, killing everyone aboard. Ironically, the group's bus had previously broken down and Buddy Holly chartered a Beechcraft Bonanza plane to fly the group to their next destination taking Richardson and Valens with him.  Ritchie had gotten his seat on the plane from back-up guitarist, Tommy Allsup, after winning a coin toss for the seat. The coin toss took place in the ballroom, and not on the airfield as the movie depicts. Ritchie's career was short having only lasted approximately eight months. Ritchie is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery, in Mission Hills, California.

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