Cowboy Copas: Age 49 | Cause Of Death: AIRPLANE CRASH/ HELICOPTER

(b. Lloyd Estel Copas, 15 July 1913, near Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA, d. 5 March 1963)

Copas was raised on a small ranch and taught himself the fiddle and guitar before he was 10 years old.  His son-in-law, Randy Hughes, also managed Patsy Cline and all three were killed, along with Hawkshaw Hawkins, in a plane crash on 5 March 1963. A few weeks later, Copas had a posthumous country hit with a record ironically entitled Goodbye Kisses.