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Bobby Darin (born Walden Robert Cassotto, May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) was an American  singer, actor and musician.

Growing up in a rough section of the Bronx, New York, Bobby barely survived several serious bouts of rheumatic fever that left him with a damaged heart (which undoubtedly contributed to his early death). Bobby’s ambition was to become a legend by the time he was 25. Thinking that his damaged heart would eventually kill him, he planned to live life as fully as he could. One story is that he got his new last name, “Darin”, from a neon sign on a Chinese restaurant that was supposed to say “Mandarin” but the first three letters were burned out (another story is that he got it out a phone book). Bobby taught himself to play the drums, piano and guitar.

In January 1971 he suffered a mild heart attack and underwent open-heart surgery to have two artificial valves planted in his heart. After spending most of the year in ill health, Bobby gradually recovered and returned to the stage. By 1973 his life seem to be back on track. In December the artificial valves in his weakening heart malfunctioned and he checked himself into Los Angeles’ Cedars of Lebanon Hospital for another round of open heart surgery for the valves to be replaced. On December 20, 1973, the surgery began. A five-man surgical team worked for over six hours to save his life. But although the surgery was partially successful, Darin died literally minutes afterward in the recovery room without regaining consciousness.  There was no formal funeral ceremony. He willed that his body be donated to the UCLA Medical Facility for research.

I just had to share this video recommended and favorited by my brother Alex. Mostly because  as soon as I turned it on…..I loved it.    Enjoy my friends.

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