John Denver dies in plane crash, Oct. 12, 1997
This week in 1997, singer-songwriter John Denver was killed in a plane crash at the age of 53.
“With such 1970s hits as Rocky Mountain High, Sunshine on My Shoulders, and Take Me Home, Country Roads, John Denver was a wholesome, wire-rimmed hippie who turned out sunny music for cynical times,” reported the Santa Fe New Mexican in its Oct. 14 issue.
“In the end, he died in a setting straight out of his music, soaring over the mountains, sea and sky before his experimental plane plunged Sunday into picturesque Monterey Bay.”
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In an interview in the Oct. 17, 1997, European Stars and Stripes of Darmstadt, Germany, Denver’s ex-wife Annie revealed that her favorite John Denver song was not the one that bore her name. Denver didn’t fear death
The Oct. 18, 1997, Kokomo Tribune of Kokomo, Ind., reported on the musician’s funeral. Thousands honor Denver