April 27, 1973, Bobby Darin's final performance of his last TV show

Walden Robert Cassotto was born on May 14, 1936, in The Bronx, New York.His father disappeared a few months before he was born at the height of the Great Depression. He once remarked that "my crib was a cardboard box, later a dresser drawer". As a result, his mother had to accept public assistance to take care of her infant son. It was not until he was an adult that he learned that the woman he thought to be his sister Nina, 17 years his senior, was in fact his mother and the woman he thought to be his mother was in fact his grandmother. The identity of his father was never publicly or privately disclosed. His mother refused to reveal that information even to him. He went to his death without knowing the identity of his birth father At the age of 8 he was stricken with multiple bouts of rheumatic fever. The illness left him with a seriously diseased heart. Bobby Darin died December 20, 1973, following surgery to repair his heart valve. On Monday May 14th 2007 Bobby Darin will be awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.
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