Del Shannon

Birth Name:
Charles Weedon Westover
Birth Date:
December 30, 1934
Birth Place:
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Death Date:
February 8, 1990
Place of Death:
15519 Saddleback Road, Canyon Country, California
Cause of Death:
Self-inflicted gunshot wound
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Claim to Fame:
His heyday as a chart-friendly star in the U.S. may have been brief, but on the strength of his biggest hit "Runaway" Del Shannon deserves to be regarded as a rock and roll legend. In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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North America

Grave Location:

Ashes scattered in the California desert



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