25 Rockstars Who Died At 27
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In music and entertainment industry, there are a lot of solo artists and bands who wish to rise in fame. But only few of them succeeds in securing a spot in the business. Some of them only lasted for a short time, while some of them continues to make an impact up today.
In the rock and roll scene, there are some faces who became popular, but perished at a very young age. These artists could have created more music if only they were still alive. The artists listed below all passed away at the age of 27 (chronologically by the dates of their demise).
Considered as the father of modern rock and roll by many, Johnson, a blues artist known for his greatest tune “Come On In My Kitchen” died in August 1938 due to poisoning.
R&B singer Rudy Lewis died in May 1964, he was found dead inside his apartment. Drug overdose or choking to death because of food are just a few of the speculations made on why the artist died.
In 1969, rhythm guitarist and a multi-instrumentalist who significantly contributed in many works done by the Rolling Stones, was found motionless at the bottom of his swimming pool. Prior to that, by mid-1969, Jones was expelled from the band due to numerous misunderstandings. Circumstances regarding Jones’ death remain cloudy to this day.
Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson
Considered as “the best harmonica player” of his former bandmate in Canned Heat, Wilson died in 1970 due to drug overdose. The rhythm guitarist and songwriter had emotional problems and attempted suicide numerous times.
The one and only Jimi Hendrix ended his three and a half year career with dying because of drug complications. A high school dropout who couldn’t read music became a sensation of all time.
Janis Joplin, a psychedelic rock band singer, also blew the minds of people when she sang such hits as “Down On Me” and “Ball and Chain.” Like Hendrix, Joplin died due to drug overdose.
Arlester “Dyke” Christian
The band behind the “Funky Broadway,” Dyke and the Blazers, which he played the role of a bassist, disbanded in 1971 when he got killed in a shooting incident in Arizona.
The lead singer of the famous “The Doors” got in trouble many times before dying. He even moved to Paris to avoid jail time, but it turned out that his death will take place there. One morning, he began spitting up blood and died of a heart attack.
Ron “Pigpen” McKernan
Pigpen of the Grateful Dead, died due to stomach hemorrhage in 1973. He is said to be a heavy drinker who left the band in 1972 when his health started deteriorating.
The original bass player of the Stooges, a protopunk band in 1967, died due pulmonary edema.
Badfinger’s guitarist and songwriter, Peter Ham, hanged himself in 1975. The said reason behind the suicide was money. Also upset regarding to the band’s missing income, Tom Evans of the same band, hanged himself to death too.
The bassist of Uriah Heep, Gary Thain, died from heroin overdose in 1975.
Russian rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Alexander Bashlachev, suffered from depression and alcoholism. He died after falling from the balcony of a ninth-floor apartment building in 1988.
The one who formed the punk rock band the Gits, Mia Zapata, was found dead in the Comet Tavern in Seattle. Zapata was raped and strangled to death.
A troubled genius who formed the grunge group Nirvana, died when he shot his head in 1994.
Kristen Pfaff, the bassist of Hole, also died from heroin overdose in 1994.
Presumed to be dead, the musician and rhythm guitarist of Manic Street Preachers, suffered from depression and went missing on 1995. In 2008, the authorities presumed him dead and never found.
He is a hip-hop artist who performed the “Tops Drop” and was shot dead in 1998. All of his albums were released posthumously.
Also a rapper was Freaky Tah who performed with the hip-hop group Lost Boyz. He was also shot dead in 1999.
Sean Patrick McCabe
Ink and Dagger’s lead singer, Sean Patrick McCabe, choked to death on his own vomit while swilling alcohol in 2000.
The contestant on Australian Idol in 2003 who supported top-rated talents like Boyz II Men and Shaggy, fell to his death from a 20-story hotel window.
The pop and jazz singer who won five Grammy awards in 2008, died in an accidental alcohol poisoning.
An Iranian musician and a rock guitarist for the band Yellow Dogs came to America to seek freedom to do their music. He and his brother were shot and killed by another Iranian in 2013.
A hip-hop singer who became popular because of his “Tienen Miedo” died when he was stabbed numerous times by someone he had an argument with inside the bar.
The lead singer of the famous Korean boy band, Shinee, committed suicide in 2017.