Bob Morales, brother of late artist Ritchie Valens, passes away

(Photo: Esai Morales / Facebook)

SAN ANTONIO -- The family of Bob Morales, brother of late 1950s Chicano rock and roll star Ritchie Valens, has passed away. His family took to Facebook to make the announcement Sunday.

The actor who portrayed Bob in "La Bamba", the film about Valens' life, also took to Facebook last week to announce that Bob's health was failing.

According to a 2015 interview with, he battled prostate cancer but he cause of death hasn't been confirmed.

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