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(Tuesday, December 31, 1985, 5:14 p.m. CST, New Year’s Eve) — Ricky Nelson, who gained childhood fame on his parents’ radio and television programs and went on to became one of rock-and-roll’s earliest teen-age idols, was killed today along with his fiancee and five other people when his DC-3 plane crashed in flames near De Kalb, Texas.
Nelson was 45.
Federal investigators later concluded the crash was probably due to a fire that was caused by the plane’s cabin heater “acting up.”
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