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Bobby Vee is shown here in this handout photo in 2004.

Bobby Vee, Fargo-born rock-and-roller, retires after Alzheimer's diagnosis

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FARGO - Bobby Vee, the Fargo-born pop music legend, announced on his blog this weekend that he has Alzheimer's disease and will be retiring from public life.

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Vee, who turned 69 on Monday, said in the blog post that he was diagnosed with mild stages of the disease a little more than a year ago. Since that time, he wrote, he's chosen to remain private and focus on family and music.

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