Bobby Rydell, 60s Teen Idol, Dies at 79

Bobby Rydell, teen rock idol in the 1960s and star of the movie musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” died on Tuesday. He was 79.

Rydell died of complications of non-COVID-19 related pneumonia at a hospital in his hometown Philadelphia, according to an official statement from his representatives.

Born Robert Ridarelli, Rydell rose to fame in 1950 as a entertainer on Paul Whiteman’s television show “Teen Club.” His first single “Kissin’ Time” landed on Billboard’s Hot 100 Hits and launched him to stardom.

The singer went on to have a career that included 34 top 100 hits with more than 25 million album sales.

Rydell made his film debut in the 1963 hit musical movie Bye Bye Birdie.

Rydell is survived by his wife, Linda J. Hoffman, son Robert Ridarelli, daughter Jennifer Dulin, and his five grandchildren, according to the statement.

In his biography, “Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances,” Rydell recounted his struggle with alcohol and depression following the death of his first wife. He also opened up about receiving a double organ transplant in 2012.

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