Death of John Denver

December 31, 1943 - October 12, 1997

John Denver dies in plane crash; icon of '70s pop music was 53
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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....

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