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Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison

Date of Death: Dec. 6, 1988
Age: 52
Cause of death: Heart attack
Album sales (since 1991): 6.9 million
Highest-charting album (post death): No. 5 - 1989, Mystery Girl

Born with a three- or four-octave range, Orbison came from a country music background but gained popularity in the 1960s with his rock ballads. He was recording the comeback album Mystery Girl when he died of a heart attack. It became his best-selling posthumous album.