Bobby Vee Has Alzheimer’s
Another musician has announced that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Minnesota-based rock and roller Bobby Vee has gone public with the news that he has been diagnosed with the disease.
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.
Vee’s announcement on his website comes on the heels of other health issues for the family.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press 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.