Big Bopper Jr. Dies

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MASON CITY, Iowa – A famous musician with ties to the north Iowa area has passed away. Jay Richardson or Big Bopper Jr died Wednesday morning in Texas.

This was posted of his dad’s official website:

“It is with great sadness that we must tell you that Jay P Richardson has passed away. After a long hard fight, JP succumbed on the morning of August 21st, at the age of 54.

Known around the world as “Big Bopper JR,” JP was, in fact, the son of the legendary rock ‘n roll artist, The Big Bopper, who is most well known as the singer of “Chantilly Lace.” JP never got to know his dad because he was born some 80 days after his father was killed in a plane crash in Mason City, Iowa, after a performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa — a crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens and became known as “The Day The Music Died.”

Jay is survived by his wife Patty, sons Jay Jr. and Thomas, daughter Ashlyn, her husband Kevin Ray Adams, and grandchildren, including granddaughters Hadley and Justine, and grandson Jimmy.

Please keep JP and the Richardson family in your thoughts and prayers during this time. And if you’d like to send cards of sympathy or other fond memories, please send them to:

Big Bopper Music
P.O. Box 6926
Katy, TX 77491


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