The 27 Club: 15 Other Musicians Who Died At Age 27
- 1. Jim Morrison
Lead singer and songwriter of The Doors. After struggling with drugs and alcohol for some time, Morrison died of a presumed heart failure on July 3rd, 1971.
- 2. Dave Alexander
Bassist for legendary punk band the Stooges. Died of pulmonary edema (associated with alcohol) on February 10, 1975.
- 3. Janis Joplin
Singer/Songwriter and ’60s icon. One of the first true female superstars. Died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970.
- 4. Ron “Pigpen” McKernan
Founding member and original keyboardist of the Grateful Dead. Died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage (again associated with alcohol) on March 8th, 1973.
- 5. Richey Edwards
Founding member and lyricist for the Manic Street Preachers. Disappeared and presumed dead from suicide on February 1, 1995.
- 6. Jimi Hendrix
Legendary guitarist and songwriter for the Jimi Hendrix Experience & Band of Gypsys. Dead from asphyxiation as a result of wine and sleeping pills on September 18, 1970.
- 7. Robert Johnson
Pioneering blue musician and guitarist. Most likely died from poisoning on August 16, 1938. Widely considered the first member of the ‘27 Club.’
- 8. Pete Ham
Keyboardist and guitarist of the British band Badfinger. Died from suicide by hanging on April 24, 1975
- 9. Alan Wilson
Lead singer and songwriter of Canned Heat. Died of an overdose on September 3, 1970.
- 10. Brian Jones
Founding member and guitarist of the Rolling Stones. Died from drowning in a pool one month after being kicked out of the band on July 3, 1969.
- 11. Chris Bell
Founder and songwriter of the extremely influential band Big Star. Died of a car crash on December 27, 1978.
- 12. Jean-Michel Basquiat
NYC based artist, friend of Andy Warhol, and founder of the band Gray. Died from a heroin overdose on August 12, 1988.
- 13. D. Boon
Guitarist and lead singer of the band Minutemen and extremely influential punk musician. Died as a result of injuries from a car crash on December 22, 1985.
- 14. Kristen Pfaff
Bassist for Hole. Died of an overdose on June 16, 1994.
- 15. Kurt Cobain
Singer and songwriter for Nirvana and grunge icon. Death by suicide on April 5, 1994.
- Amy Winehouse
Died July 23rd, 2011.
- Previous Florida Gulf Coast Is Even Better At Celebrating Than It Is At Basketball
- Next 32 College Basketball Players And Coaches Try To Draw Their School's Mascot