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Bobby Vee reveals he has Alzheimer's disease

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2009, file photo, Bobby Vee performs at the Mississippi Moon Bar in Dubuque, Iowa. Born Robert Velline 69 years ago in Fargo, N.D., the former teen idol who recorded a string of pop music hits in the 1960s says he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2009, file photo, Bobby Vee performs at the Mississippi Moon Bar in Dubuque, Iowa. Born Robert Velline 69 years ago in Fargo, N.D., the former teen idol who recorded a string of pop music hits in the 1960s says he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. (AP Photo/Telegraph Herald, Jeremy Portje)
May 1, 2012
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ST. PAUL, Minn.—Former 1960s teen pop idol Bobby Vee says he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

The 69-year-old, born Robert Velline in Fargo, N.D., says on his website that he was diagnosed last year.

Vee was catapulted to stardom after the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP "Big Bopper" Richardson in a 1959 plane crash en route to Moorhead, Minn. Vee and his friends filled in for the trio at the Moorhead performance and soon after that he recorded his first single, "Suzie Baby," for Soma Records in Minneapolis.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press ( http://bit.ly/Jzm8cX) says Vee's wife of 48 years, Karen Velline, is also dealing with health issues. She's on a waiting list for a lung transplant.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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