Gui­tarist All­sup dies at age of 85

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

MIS­SOURI: Tommy All­sup, the gui­tarist best known for los­ing a coin toss that kept him off the plane that crashed and killed roc’n’roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP “Big Bop­per” Richard­son, has died at 85. Singer Austin All­sup said his fa­ther died on Wed­nes­day at a hospi­tal in Spring­field, Mis­souri, due to com­pli­ca­tions from a her­nia op­er­a­tion. AN EMO­TIONAL and sur­prised Joe Bi­den was awarded the Pres­i­den­tial Medal of Free­dom, the high­est US civil­ian hon­our.

Barack Obama praised his Vice-Pres­i­dent for his “faith in your fel­low Amer­i­cans, for your love of coun­try and your life­time of ser­vice”. The award comes as both men pre­pare to leave of­fice when Don­ald Trump is in­au­gu­rated on Fri­day. A vis­i­bly emo­tional Mr Bi­den stood by as Mr Obama heaped praise on what he called the “best pos­si­ble choice, not just for me, but for the Amer­i­can peo­ple”.

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