Rock n’ Roll singer, actor Bobby Rydell dies aged 79

According to his website, he died of non-Covid-19 related pneumonia complications in a hospital in Abington.
Rock n’ Roll singer, actor Bobby Rydell dies aged 79
Bobby Rydell FILE

Rock n’ Roll singer and actor, Bobby Rydell, is dead.

Rydell who starred in the hit movie musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' and recorded dozens of hits died on Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

According to his website, he died of non-Covid-19 related pneumonia complications in a hospital in Abington.

He was aged 79.

Rydell rose to fame in 1950 as a entertainer on Paul Whiteman’s television show “Teen Club.”

In 1959, his single “Kissin’ Time,” landed on Billboard’s Hot 100 Hits and launched him into stardom.

He sold more than 25 million albums, awarding him 34 top 100 hits, the statement said.

Rydell made his film debut in the 1963 hit musical movie Bye Bye Birdie. He later went on to star in several movies, television series and comedy shows throughout his career.

He also made multiple appearances on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” and was the high school namesake in the iconic 1978 movie “Grease” a 1950’s-era musical teen love story.

Rydell was born Robert Louis Ridarelli on April 26, 1942 in Philadelphia, where a street is named after him.

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