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Bob Morales, Older Brother of Ritchie Valens, Dies at 81


Bob Morales, the older brother of rock legend Ritchie Valens has recently past away after battling prostate cancer. He was 81.

Many might remember Morales as portrayed by actor Esai Morales in the 1987 film “La Bamba,” the biopic about Ritchie Valens life. In the movie Morales was portrayed as a tough rugged leather-jacket wearing man who loved to ride motorcycles.

Morales met his first wife, Rosie, in Northern California. Eventually, she followed Morales to the San Fernando Valley, where they had seven children. “He was a very wild dude,” said his daughter Bly Olivia Morales, 39. “I mean, he did some really crazy stuff, but we just adore him.”

As a teenager, Morales constantly got into physical altercations with other students, and at one point landed in juvenile detention. He also admitted to an abusive relationship with his first wife, Rosie, according to a Lowrider Magazine article in 2015.

“I used to drink all day, and I used to tear the house down. I also got a little abusive with Rosie (his girlfriend at the time),” he told Lowrider Magazine.

“Farewell, my big brother. You gave me so much to work with and be grateful for…,” Esai Morales posted on Facebook, with a photo of his muse sporting a Mohawk haircut and standing next to a motorcycle, a symbol of the gritty life he led.

Morales is survived by his eight children and more than 30 grandchildren.

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