John Denver, whose '70s hits such as "Rocky Mountain High'' and "Take Me Home, Country Roads'' gained him millions of fans worldwide, was killed when his experimental plane crashed into Monterey Bay. He was 53.
"He loved flying,'' said Teri Martell, whose sister Annie was Denver's first wife. "He died doing something he loved.''
The identity of the body pulled from the waters was confirmed from fingerprints sent from Colorado, Monterey County Sheriff Norman Hicks said today....
"Hard to believe so many years have gone by, and John's music is still so important in many people's lives. I hope now he knows how important his music and presence was. John your music continues to shine in the hearts of us all!"
– Cindy Driskill, Loving fan,
Florissant, MO, Nov 19, 2015
"I think of John Denver often. I play his CDs at last once per week. Annie's song was my wedding song. A great artist is in Heaven's Rocky Mountains. Say hi to my Dad, Leo, also a great man. Love you both!"