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....
"It is now 2012 and the year is coming to an end. As usual I start to think of people from my past and listen to John Denver. Thank you John for all the songs and memories. I met you back in 1992 and you made my day by singing ..."
– Danielle Daboll, Fan,
SC, Dec 28, 2012
"In 1974 my mother died. I was 15 years old and was devastated. I found John's music just as he was hitting his peak, and I connected immediately. I went on to go to college and pursue a career in forestry and wood technology. The values in his music embodied ..."