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Musicians Who Died Young

Posted On August 21, 2016 at 7:56 pm by / 1 Comment

As is the nature with the excess that can come with fame and fortune, countless musicians and artists have passed away young, either unable to handle the radical change in lifestyle or through other tragic means – be it natural causes or unavoidable accidents. Certain deaths have no doubt had a huge impact on how the industry has developed over time.

Looking at this harrowing prospect from a less morbid, and more legacy-based viewpoint, here are some musicians who died far too young.

Kurt Cobain (Age 27)

February 20, 1967 to April 5, 1994

Kurt Cobain - 1967-1994: The iconic grunge frontman and songwriter for Nirvana achieved a huge breakthrough with their second album Nevermind in 1991 which featured tracks like 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. He battled with heroin addiction and severe depression. His body was discovered days after his suicide with a gun shot wound to the head.

The iconic grunge frontman and songwriter for Nirvana achieved a huge breakthrough with their second album Nevermind in 1991 which featured tracks like ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. He battled with heroin addiction and severe depression. His body was discovered days after his suicide with a gun shot wound to the head.

Selena (Age 23)

April 16, 1971 to March 31, 1995

The queen of Tejano music was shot by a former employee, Yolanda Saldívar, while Selena was working out a financial dispute with her. Selena died from blood loss and went into cardiac arrest, but did make her way to the hotel lobby to name her assassin. During her time, the starlet broke many chart records along with barriers with Latin artists at the time.

Rise and EunB (Ages 23 and 21)

Rise: August 16, 1991  to  September 7, 2014

EunB: November 23, 1992 to September 3, 2014

The Ladies’ Code members’ van’s back wheel fell off and rainy road conditions ran the K-pop stars’ vehicle into a guardrail.

Adam Yauch (Age 47)

August 5, 1964 to May 4, 2012

Adam Yauch of the Beatie Boys, portrait , Portugal, 1998. (Photo by Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images)

The Beastie Boy rapper lost his three-year battle against a cancerous lymph node and parotid gland.

Sid Vicious (Age 21)

May 10, 1957 to February 2, 1979

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The influential Sex Pistols member overdosed on heroin at a party after years of drug use.

Freddie Mercury (Age 45)

September 5, 1946 to November 24, 1991

Freddie Mercury of Queen, 1982 Tour (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)

After being diagnosed with AIDS in early 1987, the Queen frontman revealed his HIV-positive status and his battle with the disease on November 22, 1991. He died a little more than 24 hours after the statement, from bronchial pneumonia made worse from AIDS.

Bobbi Kristina Brown (Age 22)

March 4, 1993 to July 26, 2015

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The daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, the aspiring singer was found unresponsive in a bathtub in January 2015. She was kept in a medically induced coma until passing while in hospice care months later.

Jim Morrison (Age 27)

December 8, 1943 tobJuly 3, 1971

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jim Morrison Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The details of the Doors’ singer’s death are hazy because no autopsy was performed. He was found in a Paris apartment bathtub with his death ruled as a result of “heart failure.” His long-term girlfriend, Pamela Courson, believed the cause to be an accidental heroin overdose.

Prince: 1958-2016:

Prince: 1958-2016: His Royal Badness was just 57 when he left us - still gigging and partying for fans up until his dying day. Restlessly creative, the 'Purple Rain' icon released a staggering four albums in his last two years, and we doubt he had yet more greatness to unload.

His Royal Badness was just 57 when he left us – still gigging and partying for fans up until his dying day. Restlessly creative, the ‘Purple Rain’ icon released a staggering four albums in his last two years, and we doubt he had yet more greatness to unload. Prince: 1958-2016: His Royal Badness was just 57 when he left us – still gigging and partying for fans up until his dying day. Restlessly creative, the ‘Purple Rain’ icon released a staggering four albums in his last two years, and we doubt he had yet more greatness to unload.

Ross Dawson – 1988 – 2015:

Ross Dawson - 1988 - 2015: The Late of The Pier drummer tragically from a 'tragic and sudden accident. As well as the likes of Alex Kapranos and Erol Alkan paying tribute, his family wrote:

The Late of The Pier drummer tragically from a ‘tragic and sudden accident. As well as the likes of Alex Kapranos and Erol Alkan paying tribute, his : Ross Dawson – 1988 – 2015: The Late of The Pier drummer tragically from a ‘tragic and sudden accident. As well as the likes of Alex Kapranos and Erol Alkan paying tribute, his family wrote: “As well as writing and playing his own material Ross was a drummer with many other successful artists including Misty Miller, Kai Fish and most recently Zibra. Ross was a monumental force in the lives of everybody who knew him, multi-talented, modest, kind and generous; he loved and was loved by his family. The world has become a sadder place without him. He will be eternally missed by all who knew and loved him.”

Alexis Gotts – 1982 – 2015:

Alexis Gotts - 1982 - 2015: Wet Nuns drummer Alexis Gotts sent waves of sadness beyond the Yorkshire music scene when he died aged 32. The Yorkshire duo were local favourites around the music scene of Sheffield and Leeds - as well as finding fans throughout the UK. They announced their split in 2013. The band then revealed that drummer Gotts, known to friends as Leki, has passed away after taking his own life.

Wet Nuns drummer Alexis Gotts sent waves of sadness beyond the Yorkshire music scene when he died aged 32. The Yorkshire duo were local favourites around the music scene of Sheffield and Leeds – as well as finding fans throughout the UK. They announced their split in 2013. The band then revealed that drummer Gotts, known to friends as Leki, has passed away after taking his own life. Alexis Gotts – 1982 – 2015: Wet Nuns drummer Alexis Gotts sent waves of sadness beyond the Yorkshire music scene when he died aged 32. The Yorkshire duo were local favourites around the music scene of Sheffield and Leeds – as well as finding fans throughout the UK. They announced their split in 2013. The band then revealed that drummer Gotts, known to friends as Leki, has passed away after taking his own life. “It’s with a deep sadness and a heavy heart that I try to find the words to express the deep sense of grief that I feel as I come to terms with the loss of my friend, band mate and brother Leki,” wrote frontman Rob Graham.

Nick Talbot – 1977-2014:

Nick Talbot - 1977-2014: The Warp Records artist Nick Talbot, stage name Gravenhurst, died aged just 37 after recording five acclaimed studio albums in his career, had his passing confirmed by his record label, who paid tribute alongside his manager Michelle Hilborne - who described him as

The Warp Records artist Nick Talbot, stage name Gravenhurst, died aged just 37 after recording five acclaimed studio albums in his career, had his passing confirmed by his record label, who paid tribute alongside his manager Michelle Hilborne – who described him as Nick Talbot – 1977-2014: The Warp Records artist Nick Talbot, stage name Gravenhurst, died aged just 37 after recording five acclaimed studio albums in his career, had his passing confirmed by his record label, who paid tribute alongside his manager Michelle Hilborne – who described him as “outstandingly intelligent, compassionate, fascinating and witty, Nick was the dearest friend and his absence brings indescribable sorrow.”

Wayne Static – 1965 – 2014:

Wayne Static - 1965 - 2014: The Static-X frontman was well-respected within the world of metal, sending shockwaves throughout the industry when he died from a

The Static-X frontman was well-respected within the world of metal, sending shockwaves throughout the industry when he died from a Wayne Static – 1965 – 2014: The Static-X frontman was well-respected within the world of metal, sending shockwaves throughout the industry when he died from a “mixed prescription drug (oxycodone, hydromorphone, alprazolam) with alcohol toxicity” at the age of 48

Alan Wass – 1983 – 2015:

Alan Wass - 1983 - 2015: Alan Wass, close friend and collaborator of Pete Doherty, passed away aged 33 following an injury obtained after falling through a glass partition at his home in Ladbroke Grove, where he severed an artery and two nerves in his arm. He was recovering in intensive care at St Mary's Hospital, where he suffered a heart attack and died. Wass fronted his own bands The Lipstick Melodies and Left Hand as well as collaborating with The Libertines and Pete Doherty. Doherty paid tribute to Wass during The Libertines' secret set at Glastonbury 2015.

Alan Wass, close friend and collaborator of Pete Doherty, passed away aged 33 following an injury obtained after falling through a glass partition at his home in Ladbroke Grove, where he severed an artery and two nerves in his arm. He was recovering in intensive care at St Mary’s Hospital, where he suffered a heart attack and died. Wass fronted his own bands The Lipstick Melodies and Left Hand as well as collaborating with The Libertines and Pete Doherty. Doherty paid tribute to Wass during The Libertines’ secret set at Glastonbury 2015.

Benjamin Curtis – 1978 -2013:

Benjamin Curtis - 1978 -2013: Formerly of the incredible but underrated Secret Machines before forming School Of Seven Bells, the talented singer, songwriter and guitarist tragically passed from T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma at the age of 35.

Formerly of the incredible but underrated Secret Machines before forming School Of Seven Bells, the talented singer, songwriter and guitarist tragically passed from T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma at the age of 35. “We will all miss this incredibly talented and rare person every day, but we are fortunate enough that he shared with us his music, and that is something that we can keep forever,” said the School Of Seven Bells in a a statement. He is survived by his brother Brandon, a touring keyboardist with Interpol.

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