Bobby Rydell, a teen idol from the ’60s recognized for songs like “Wild One” and his position as Hugo Peabody within the 1963 movie “Bye Bye Birdie,” has died, in keeping with an announcement launched by his representatives. He was 79.
Rydell died on April 5 in Abington, Pennsylvania, from pneumonia problems, which have been unrelated to Covid-19, the assertion mentioned.
Born Robert Ridarelli, Rydell acquired his first music on the Billboard 100 in 1959 and went on to have a profession that included 34 high 100 hits and greater than 25 million album gross sales, in keeping with the assertion.
Rydell, who opened up about receiving a double organ transplant in 2012 in his 2016 biography “Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances,” was an advocate for organ donation and supporter of The Gift of Life, a nonprofit that helps households impacted by organ transplants.
Rydell is survived by his spouse, Linda J. Hoffman, son Robert Ridarelli, daughter Jennifer Dulin, and his 5 grandchildren, in keeping with the assertion.
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