The real Peggy Sue from Buddy Holly's song dies

Buddy Holly 09/10/2018

The woman who inspired the famous 1958 Buddy Holly song 'Peggy Sue' has died in Texas.

Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham of Lubbock died last Tuesday at University Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesperson. The 78-year-old's family gave the hospital permission to confirm the death but asked that no additional information be released.

The real Peggy Sue released her autobiography, 'Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?: A Memoir by Buddy Holly's Peggy Sue', to mark the 50th anniversary of the song in 2008.

While promoting her autobiography, Peggy Sue her memoir was written from 150 diary entries she made during the time she knew Buddy Holly in high school. 

"I wanted to give him (Buddy Holly) his voice. It's my book, my memoirs," she said about her book in 2008. "We were very, very good friends. He was probably one of the best friends I ever had."

She later married drummer Jerry Allison, from Buddy Holly's rock 'n' roll band The Crickets. The couple later divorced.