Bobby Rydell, a Philadelphia native who rose to fame as an adolescent hero in the late 1950s, died at the age of 79.
Bobby died Tuesday in Abington, Pennsylvania, of pneumonia-related complications.
Bobby retained a devoted following on tours despite the fact that both he and his initial followers were long past retirement age.
Bobby, along with two other pleasant performers who became famous during those years, Frankie Avalon and Fabian, grew up in South Philadelphia within roughly two blocks of one another.
He was on the verge of death when he underwent a kidney and liver transplant in July 2012. By October, he was back, performing with Mr. Avalon aboard a cruise ship. However, he needed heart bypass surgery five months later. Several of his subsequent appearances were for charity campaigns promoting organ donation.
By 2014, his schedule was back to normal, with 11 shows in February across Australia. He continued to perform throughout the remainder of his years.
What Caused Bobby Rydell To Require A Transplant?
Doctors at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital have stated that they needed to utilize a portion of the donor liver to assist Rydell and another portion to assist a youngster.