Richie Valens Autopsy

The body of Richard Valenzuela was clothed in a black wool cloth overcoat containing a label ‘Harris & Drank, Los Angeles, Cal.’, a black wool cloth suit containing inside, the coat label “Sobel’s, San Fernando, Cal.”, a white shirt and underclothing.
 On the volar surface of the right forearm was a dark tattoo of initials “RV”. The head was badly crushed and deformed; the right side of the face was crushed and flattened and the right eye socket eviscerated. The facial features were not identifiable.


 There was marked deformity of the left forearm due to fracture, a l-inch laceration on the dorsum of the left hand at its junction with the little finger. The left upper femur had marked deformity with fracture while the right tibia showed a compound fracture.
  There were two shallow lacerations in the medial mid-left shin region. Internal injuries were not appraised because autopsy was not don. Personal effects are listed on a separate sheet in this report.



1 silver crucifix and religious medal

Brown leather pocket case with black lacing and stamped design

Numerous miscellaneous receipts

Several photos

Cash $22.15 less $11/65 coroner’s fees-$10.50

Check on Hollywood office, California bank, 1600 N. Vine St. Hollywood, Calif. #359 $50.00 (noted-advance as per contract)

Check, same as above, #360, $50.00 (noted-advance as per contract)

Bracelet silver chain with DONNA attached

Richie Valens grave can be found here


  1. Solari says:

    The coroner helped himself to a dead minors money…just took it out of his pocket..can you say thief.. If I had been his mother I would have been all up in his face… His mother would have been responsible for any fees.. Stealing from a dead child , how low can you be?

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