Peggy Sue dead: Buddy Holly muse dies at the age of 78 (Image: GETTY)
Peggy Sue Gerron, known for being Buddy Holly’s muse and inspiring his hit song, died on Monday at the University Medical Centre in Lubbock, Texas, according to Eric Finley, a spokesman for the hospital.
The family had given the hospital permission to confirm her death, however, they asked no additional information be released, at the moment.
Although Peggy was the focus for Buddy’s 1957 classic she was in fact in a relationship with his bandmate in The Crickets, Jerry Allison.
She and Jerry married in 1958, inspiring Buddy’s song, Peggy Sue Got Married, which was released after he died in a plane crash in 1959.
I was just delighted, I thought it was a fascinating song
Peggy was born in Olton, Texas, in 1940, but moved to Lubbock, where she attended a high school with Buddy and Jerry.
She first met Buddy when he knocked her over on his way to a gig and weeks later went on a date with Jerry, who introduced her to his friend.
Recalling the meeting, she told the BBC: “He started laughing [and] Jerry asked him what was so funny and he said I’ve already overwhelmed your Peggy Sue.”
In 2008, Peggy released her autobiography, Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the song.
At the time she said material for the book came from around 150 diary entries she made during the time she knew Buddy.
“I wanted to give him his voice. It’s my book, my memoirs,” she said about her