"The 27 Club" or "Club 27" is the colloquial name given to a group of influential rock musicians that died at the young age of 27. There are a few "members" who are always listed in "27 Club" groupings - such as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain - while other musicians who were 27 at the time of their death are included sporadically, depending on who has composed the list...
With the passing of Amy Winehouse, let's take a look at 15 others who died way, way too soon.
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: The newest member of 'The 27 Club'
Died July 23rd, 2011.
More at: 27 Club - Wikipedia
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