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.

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